How to get a COVID vaccine in Dallas, Texas

A guide to where Dallas residents can receive a COVID vaccine and how to register.

No appointment needed

The following locations do not require registration to receive the COVID-19 vaccine:

Ellis Davis Field House

Beginning April 7, individuals over the age of 16 can receive a COVID-19 vaccination without an appointment between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday – Saturday at Parkland Health & Hospital System’s drive-thru location at Ellis Davis Field House, 9191 S. Polk St., Dallas, 75232. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. 

Parkland’s Dallas College-Eastfield Campus vaccine site

Individuals 16 and older can receive a COVID-19 vaccine at Parkland Health & Hospital System’s drive-thru location at Dallas College-Eastfield Campus without an appointment between  between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday – Saturday beginning April 22.

The site is located at  3737 Motley Dr., Mesquite, 75150. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Fair Park

Fair Park does not require an appointment for people with a photo ID during operating hours. However, appointments are encouraged to expedite the process. For more information, visit the county website or call the vaccine hotline at 1-855-466-8639.

No internet access?

Dallas County has a toll-free phone number to assist residents without internet access from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week: 1.855.IMMUNE9 (1.855.466.8639)

Staff at Dallas Public Library locations are also available by phone to assist the public in registering for the Dallas County vaccine waiting list. Call 214.670.1400 Tuesday through Saturday between 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. 

Dallas Park and Recreation Department staff at five service centers will be available by phone Tuesday through Thursday from noon to 7 p.m. to assist the public in registering for the Dallas County vaccine waiting list.  

Phone support for registration is in English and Spanish.

Prefer to register in person?

Here are community registration sites in Dallas Free Press neighborhoods:

South Dallas

T.R. Hoover Community Development Center
5106 Bexar St.
Dallas, TX 75215
Tuesdays & Thursdays | 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dallas Bethlehem Center
4410 Leland Ave.
Dallas, TX 75215
Thursdays | 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Doherty Family Fieldhouse at St. Philips School & Community Center
3021 Colonial Ave. 
Dallas, TX  75215
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday | 9 a.m. to 12  p.m.

The Theta Alpha Foundation
2413 MLK Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75215
Saturdays | 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church Youth Center
5710 E RL Thornton Fwy.
Dallas, TX 75223
Thursdays | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center
2922 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75215
Sundays | noon to 3 p.m.

Baylor Scott & White Health & Wellness Center
4500 Spring Ave.
Dallas, TX 75210
Monday-Friday | 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

West Dallas:

Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos – Santa Teresita
2601 Singleton Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75215
April 8 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

What are vaccination hubs?

Vaccination hubs are large, state-designated vaccination sites throughout Texas that are designed to provide large numbers of people with the vaccine and simplify appointment sign-up.

All Texas residents 12 and older are now eligible for the vaccine, according to the state of Texas. Only the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for use in 16 and 17-year-olds, while the Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines are approved for residents 18 and older.

Hub No. 1: Dallas County at Fair Park

North Texans can schedule a same-day or next-day appointment at Fair Park through the county’s website.

First doses are administered at Gate 2 and second doses at Gate 10. Walk-ups should go to the DART Fair Park station, 3710 Parry Avenue where a bus will take them through the drive-thru and return them to the station. Those receiving second doses do not need an appointment since they received a vaccine card that lists the date to return for the second dose.

On-site staff can confirm a patient’s first dose was administered at Fair Park if they do not have their vaccine card. For more information vaccines at Fair Park, visit www.DallasCountyCovid.org.

Photo ID is required at the vaccination site. 

Hub No. 2: City of Dallas at Methodist Hospital (formerly Kay Bailey Hutchinson Center)

Methodist Hospital is vaccinating all individuals 16 and older with the Pfizer vaccine and those 18 and older with the Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines by appointment only. Vaccines will be given at Methodist Dallas’ Hitt Auditorium, located at 1441 N. Beckley, Dallas, TX, 75203.

The hospital is to offering any doses for walk-ups at this time. A valid form of identification is required, and it must include your name and date of birth.

Hub No. 3: Parkland Hospital

Residents wanting to get the COVID-19 vaccine at Parkland should log in or create an account for Parkland MyChart, Parkland’s online patient portal. Appointments for COVID-19 can be scheduled online through the portal or through Dallas County’s COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Hotline at 1-855-466-8639.

Ellis Davis Field House is open to those with an appointment from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday – Saturday. The location is closed on Sundays. 

Hub No. 4: UT Southwestern Medical Center

UT Southwestern recently established a COVID vaccine registration portal for members of the public who are not UT Southwestern patients. Community members may fill out a short survey to register for vaccination. They will then receive a MyChart activation code within three to four business days to start the process of booking an appointment.

UT Southwestern also is partnering with DCHHS to reach community members and vaccinate them at one of its three public vaccination sites, which are available by appointment only.

Appointment-only public vaccination sites are located on the ninth floor of UT Southwestern’s West Campus Building, at Market Hall on Stemmons Freeway, and at Redbird Mall. 

Hub No. 5: Baylor University Medical Center

Baylor University Medical Center, a part of Baylor Scott & White Health, is currently vaccinating all Texans age 16 and older. It is pulling from Dallas County registrants and also using its MyBSWHealth account portal to contact residents for appointments. Those who are contacted could be vaccinated at one of BSW’s four vaccination hubs — in Marble Falls, Plano, Dallas or Waxahachie — or may be scheduled at another BSW location such as a clinic if doses are available. 

Hub No. 6: The Potter’s House

The City of Dallas’ second vaccination hub, The Potter’s House, began operating March 4. Residents can register for the COVID-19 vaccine with Dallas County online or by calling 1-855-IMMUNE9 (855-466-8639) 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., seven days a week. 

In-home vaccinations

The City of Dallas and the Visiting Nurse Association of Texas have partnered to vaccinate residents who lack mobility to reach vaccination sites. Dallas Fire Rescue, Emergency Medical Services and VNA staff will identify and route Moderna vaccinations to homebound residents.

Vaccinations will begin April 19 with six teams of EMS staff vaccinating 12 residents daily as doses are available. Those who were scheduled to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine beginning April 13 will be rescheduled to receive the Moderna vaccine the week of April 19.

Planning is in place to vaccinate Dallas residents who otherwise lack transportation to reach community vaccination hubs or pharmacies.

Save Our Seniors

Texas Division of Emergency (TDEM), the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Military Department (TMD) have announced 26 participating counties for the Save Our Seniors initiative. Save Our Seniors program will help reach vulnerable homebound seniors across the state and provide them with life-saving COVID-19 vaccines. To register, complete the online form. *After registering you will receive additional information from The Texas Division of Emergency Management.

FAQs

How much does the vaccine cost?

The vaccine is free to everyone, regardless of whether they have health insurance or not.

What vaccines are available?

There are currently three vaccines available to the public: the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the Moderna vaccine and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. These vaccines use messengerRNA to deliver genetic code to cells to trigger an immune response. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses for maximum effectiveness, while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single dose. Those receiving the Pfizer vaccine should get their second dose 21 days after their initial shot, while those being administered the Moderna vaccine should get their second dose 28 days after the initial shot. The CDC recently updated their guidelines to reflect that individuals can wait up to 42 days after their initial vaccine dose to get their second shot if necessary, but advises sticking to the initial vaccine schedule if possible.

In clinical trials, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was 85% effective at protecting against severe disease and 66% effective in moderate to severe COVID-19 infection across clinical trials. The Pfizer vaccine showed 95% efficacy at preventing symptomatic Covid infection after two doses, while the Moderna vaccine showed 94.1% effectiveness after the second dose.

What are the side effects?

In clinical trials, common short-term side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines included pain at the injection site, headaches, fatigue and chills. Most side effects resolved within a few days, according to the CDC.

Of more than 4 million doses administered, 0.03% of patients who received the Moderna vaccine between Dec. 21 and Jan. 10 reported serious side effects, while 0.2% of 1.8 million people who received Pfizer vaccines between Dec. 14 and Dec. 23 reported serious effects, according to data from the CDC reported by the Dallas Morning News.

The CDC and the Food and Drug Administration have recommended pausing use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine while they investigate reports of six women getting blood clots after receiving the vaccine. The condition is known as vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia and is characterized by clotting and low platelet levels. It has also been linked to the AstraZeneca  vaccine, which is in use in Europe and the United Kingdom.

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