North Texas Seeing Plenty Of COVID-19 Vaccine Supply With No Wait Lists

Even with the current pause on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, health officials say there is still plenty of supply in North Texas. However, demand seems to be less.

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- Even with the current pause on the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine, there's still plenty of supply of the other two vaccines here in North Texas. The demand seems to be less. Our Caroline Vandergriff looks at the new challenges that health officials are facing when it comes to getting shots into people's arms.

CHRISTIAN HAYNIE: Yeah. She already got hers. And I needed to get mine.

CAROLINE VANDERGRIFF: Christian Haynie says his mom had to wait for more than a month to get her vaccine appointment with Dallas County. All Christian had to do was show up at the Fair Park Clinic today.

CHRISTIAN HAYNIE: I didn't even have an appointment. And they still got me signed up and got me back today.

CAROLINE VANDERGRIFF: The long lines are long gone now that supply outpaces demand.

CHRISTIAN GRISALES: We have a lot in stock. And we continue to get more every week. So that's why now it's just a matter of people coming over, and you know, get the vaccine.

CAROLINE VANDERGRIFF: The Fair Park site will be closed tomorrow, but operations will pick up again on Monday. At this point, there's no waitlist with Dallas County to get the vaccine.

CHRISTIAN GRISALES: The [INAUDIBLE] people have been constant, although we want it to be better. On average, we have been doing 8,000 to 9,000 shots per day. But we have seen a slowdown this week, especially after the Johnson & Johnson announcement.

CAROLINE VANDERGRIFF: The county vaccinated about 3,000 people on Saturday. While federal officials look into a rare clotting issue with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, only the Moderna and Pfizer shots are being administered in Texas.

CHRISTIAN HAYNIE: But I was like, all right, Pfizer. Let's go. Because I didn't want to do the Johnson & Johnson.

LAURENCE ALDEN: I was worried. I probably would not have recommended that she doesn't get the Johnson & Johnson. But it wasn't her [INAUDIBLE] anyway.

CAROLINE VANDERGRIFF: Health officials say the pause on Johnson & Johnson shouldn't give North Texans pause about getting vaccinated.

ANDREW OESTERLING: And I think it's a testament to how great our country is that you can be here now and have it ramped up to the point that now you can just walk up and get it. So really, really great stuff.

CAROLINE VANDERGRIFF: In Dallas, Caroline Vandergriff, CBS 11 News.