Dallas County Urges State To Provide More COVID-19 Vaccine Doses

Fifty to 64 year olds are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas through phase 1C of the state’s vaccine allocation plan.

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- A new group of Texans are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine today, those 50 to 64 and didn't qualify through another priority group. Erin Jones is at the Fair Park vaccination hub to see just how they're handling the extra load of people today.

ERIN JONES: She saw the cars and got nervous, but Faye Nichols only waited 40 minutes for her vaccine.

FAYE NICHOLS: It's been great. The only wait we've had is waiting before the shot and after the shot.

MARILYN DAVIS: It was great. It was great. It was quick. I didn't think it was going to be that quick because of all the cars, but we went straight through.

ERIN JONES: This morning, Fair Park opened appointments for people in the state's 1C priority group.

CHRISTIAN GRISALES: We're seeing lot of people in phase 1C, people who are 50 through 64.

ERIN JONES: David Berry is one of them.

DAVID BERRY: I feel great. It's a moment of hope, I think. You know, we've spent a whole year, you know, just getting by and surviving, and it's nice to-- you know, this first step to get back--

ERIN JONES: So far, more than 900,000 people have registered for Dallas County's vaccine waitlist, and here today, around 1,100 people an hour are getting vaccinated.

CHRISTIAN GRISALES: We could do more, and we urge the state to give us more vaccine.

ERIN JONES: For those who don't have a car, DART is offering bus rides from Fair Park Station. Also, Dallas Parks and Rec is offering vaccine registration and transportation today through Wednesday, sending buses to 17 FEMA priority ZIP codes to give those who registered a round trip to Fair Park.

In Dallas, Erin Jones, CBS 11 News.