The state has suspended delivery of vaccines to Dallas and Tarrant, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins announced Monday. This decision leaves both counties without more than 40,000 vaccines that should go to North Texas residents.
The county is waiting to continue vaccinating second doses pending as vaccine delivery is temporarily suspended, the county announced.
“We are completely devoid of vaccines at Fair Park and we will not be able to operate until we receive more. The State Department of Health informed that today we will not receive a batch of vaccines but we hope to receive it early enough tomorrow, ”said County Judge Clay Jenkins.
Vaccine availability and for how many appointments will be announced on social media Tuesday, Jenkins said.
The Human and Health Services reported 348 new cases of covid-19 on Monday, in addition to 18 deaths.
The pandemic reaches 243,040 cases in Dallas and 2,856 deaths. Nationally, covid-19 has already reached 500,000 deaths in the United States.
The average every seven days fell to 636, with a contagion rate of 24.1 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants, but this figure would be underreported due to problems with the weather emergency.
There is usually no report of hospitalizations on Monday, but an update is expected this Tuesday.
“Today we report 348 new cases of covid-19 and 18 deaths. The new number of cases is still low due to a lack of information due to (the emergency) with the weather, but soon we expect more precise numbers, ”said County Judge Clay Jenkins.
Jenkins also announced that he is about to start a partnership with the federal government to serve the 17 zip codes most affected by the pandemic and “we hope soon that the state will review its decision to withdraw 42,000 vaccines for Dallas and Tarrant County to take them to other parts, ”said Jenkins
This decision, Jenkins said, could leave North Texans without a chance to get vaccinated for several weeks.
The state has not yet provided an explanation for why the vaccine shipments were suspended.