New Concerns About COVID-19 Vaccine Allotment In North Texas

North Texas vaccine clinics are set to get back on track following last week's weather delays for second doses only.

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DOUG DUNBAR: Vaccinations-- North Texas vaccine clinics are set to get back on track after last week's weather delays-- Texas Motor Speedway and Fair Park, they reopen tomorrow. This is going to be for second doses only at both locations, by the way. But now there's another issue for some counties. There's a cut in vaccine allotment. I'll let our Caroline Vandergriff explain.

CAROLINE VANDERGRIFF: It's been a rough few weeks for North Texas families.

JUDGE CLAY JENKINS: The last thing we need right now is more bad news from Austin taking our vaccines away. Your parents should not have to wait longer because the state is taking their vaccine and sending it to West Texas.

CAROLINE VANDERGRIFF: Dallas and Tarrant County leaders are on a mission to reverse the state's decision to send their vaccines elsewhere, since federal vaccination sites at Fair Park and Globe Life Field are about to open up.

JUDGE CLAY JENKINS: North Texas should not be punished by the state because local officials successfully made their pitch to get more vaccines from the Biden administration.

CAROLINE VANDERGRIFF: Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins says it means people on the county waitlist will have to wait even longer, because the FEMA clinics are exclusively targeting minority and low-income populations. The decision could also force Tarrant County to shut down its vaccination clinics spread out across the county.

JUDGE GLEN WHITLEY: And all those folks are going to be basically have to find a way to get to AT&T or Globe Life Field, so it's going to be a tremendous inconvenience on many of our citizens.

CAROLINE VANDERGRIFF: Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley says it would also make it harder for the county to eventually scale up its efforts.

JUDGE GLEN WHITLEY: You know, we were going to use these other sites and use those vaccines that we would normally be getting to just get these sites prepared, so that as production does ramp up, it will be ready to put shots in the arms.

CAROLINE VANDERGRIFF: Judge Jenkins says another consequence is that it would take Dallas County three months longer than expected to reach herd immunity if the state doesn't start sending vaccines again. He urged people to contact their state lawmakers and the governor, asking them to reverse this decision. Caroline Vandergriff, CBS 11 News.