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    COVID-19 Hotline: 817-248-6299

    COVID-19 Vaccination

        

     

    This data dashboard is updated on Wednesdays only.

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    Tarrant County Public Health is providing COVID-19 Vaccinations

     

    Tarrant County Public Health continues to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to everyone 12 years of age and older. Those who need their initial vaccinations as well as those who are in need of a booster are able to come to one of the COVID-19 vaccination clinics operated by the County without an appointment. They can also find the vaccination at more than 150 pharmacies located in Tarrant County. 

    Find a location near you

    ELIGIBILITY

     

    Who is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination?

    COVID-19 vaccinations are now avaialble for everyone who is age 12 or older. 

    How do I find a COVID-19 vaccination location?

    Visit our vaccine finder website to locate the most current list of vaccination sites.

    How do I register to receive my shot from Tarrant County Public Health and its partners?

    No registration is required or available. Please find a COVID-19 vaccination location near you. Please bring something to identify you, drivers license, utility bill etc. and if you already had a vaccination, bring your vaccination card.

     

     

    Booster Doses

    Booster doses are common for many vaccines.

    When COVID-19 vaccine was being prepared, it was for use against the strain of COVID-19 that was prevelant at the time.

    These vaccines were initially developed to prevent death from COVID-19, to reduce the spread and risk of severe dissease, and decrease need for hospitalization of those infected with COVID-19. These vaccines have, for the most part, accomplished these tasks.

    But like most viruses, COVID-19 continues to mutate into variants that require different or more potent vaccines. Booster vaccines have and are being developed to provide additional protection against COVID-19.

    From closely analyzing available data from the U.S. and around the world, scientists and medical experts have seen that, absent a booster shot, protection against COVID-19 infection may decline over time after vaccination.

    Pfizer Booster

    The Pfizer vaccine (Comirnaty) was the first COVID-19 vaccine to be authorized in the U.S., so its data about booster doses was the first to be available. 

    Based on the data and the recommendation of experts and following FDA authorization of Pfizer boosters for some people, the CDC recommended Pfizer booster shots for some groups of people who received this vaccine:

    • Older adults, age 65 and over and those living in long-term care facilities
    • Adults ages 50-64 at high risk of severe COVID-19, due to underlying medical conditions such as cancer, chronic lung disease, diabetes, and heart conditions, among others
    • Adults ages 18-49 at high risk of severe COVID-19 due to underlying medical conditions should consider a booster based on an assessment of their individual benefits and risks and consultation with their medical provider.
    • Adults age 18-64 for people whose jobs put them at high risk for COVID-19, including healthcare workers, teachers, daycare staff, grocery workers, and other essential workers, along with people in shelters and prisons

    The single booster should be administered at least six months after the second Pfizer dose of the primary two-dose series.

    The CDC did not recommend booster shots for other recipients of the Pfizer vaccine, nor for recipients of the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

    If you have questions about your booster dose eligibility, or how, where, and when you can get a booster dose contact your health provider or pharmacist.

     

    Moderna Booster

    An additional dose of the Moderna vaccine is available to certain immunocompromised individuals, specifically, solid organ transplant recipients or those who are diagnosed with conditions that are considered to have an equivalent level of immunocompromise. This action does not apply to people who are not immunocompromised.

     

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    What if I need transportation to my COVID-19 vaccination appointment?

    If you need a ride to get your COVID-19 vaccination, you have several options. Please visit our transportation page for the best options for travel to a vaccination site.

    MORE VACCINE INFORMATION

     

    What is the status of the COVID-19 vaccines that are being developed?

    There are currently several vaccines under development. The FDA has given full authorization to the Pfizer vaccine and Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to the both Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines and may choose to give other vaccines the same approval based on the careful review of the safety data. 

    Trinity Metro bus service to COVID-19 vaccination sites.

    Passengers need to show the operator or train conductor their appointment text or email from Tarrant County Public Health to ride for free.

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    How effective are the approved vaccines?

    Two COVID-19 vaccines (produced by Pfizer and Moderna Therapeutics), report being 95 percent effective. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is reported to be 66 percent effective.

     

    How will we know these COVID-19 vaccines are safe?

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has a known and proven process for the verification of vaccines, and while these COVID-19 vaccines have been made available quickly, no step in the safety and efficacy process was skipped. The FDA has now issued a full authorization for Pfizer and Emergency Use Agreements (EAUs) for two other COVID-19 vaccines, only after enough scientific data was shown to indicate the vaccines safety and efficacy in a clear and compelling manner.  

    The current vaccines, even those with EUAs, continue through a trial phase, where they are tracking their volunteers to learn more about the long-term outcomes of taking the vaccine.

    Emergency room doctor receives the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

    Emergency room doctor receiving first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

     

    Can children under 12 receive the vaccine?

    At this time the FDA is still evaluating the data submitted from the individual studies being conducted. Children under 12 are not eligible at this time, but may become eligible depending on the next phase of authorizations from the FDA.

    Can the vaccine give you the virus?

    None of the current vaccines use a live virus, which means they cannot give someone COVID-19. Additionally, recipients of the vaccine are not contagious and cannot spread COVID-19.

    It is possible for someone to be infected with COVID-19 prior to receiving the vaccine and thus they would be contagious as any other person infected with COVID-19 and could still test positive on a COVID-19 diagnostic PCR, or rapid test. An uninfected vaccine recipient however would not test positive on a PCR or rapid test but could test positive on an antibody-based test.

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    What vaccines are being given in Tarrant County, and how are the vaccines different?

    Vaccine Manufacturer

    Dose & Interval

    Booster

     

    Pfizer

    Two doses

    21 days apart

     

    One dose

     

    Moderna Therapeutics

    Two doses

    28 days apart

     

    NA

     

    Johnson & Johnson

     

    One dose

     

    NA

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    Should I get vaccinated if I already had COVID-19?

    Yes. The vaccine is recommended for people who previously have been infected with COVID-19.  

     

    Can I choose which vaccine I want to take?

    At this time TCPH has both Pfizer and Moderna available. The Johnson & Johnson vaccination may not always be available. 

     

    Can my child get the COVID-19 vaccine?

    There are no vaccines for people under the age of 12 at this time. Pfizer can be given to people aged 12 and older while Moderna can only be given to those 18 and older.

     

    What will the COVID-19 vaccine cost?

    The vaccine is free to you. Operation Warp Speed, a federal program, is paying all the costs associated with vaccinations.

     

    Is getting a COVID-19 vaccine immunization mandatory?

    COVID-19 vaccinations are voluntary, but we strongly recommend all eligible persons get the vaccine.

         

    Tarrant County Juvenile Detention nurse receives her first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

    Tarrant County Juvenile Detention nurse receives her first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

     

    How many doses of vaccine will I need?

    The vaccines currently available require either a one or two dose series.

     

    Tarrant County Sheriff Deputy receives his first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

    Tarrant County Sheriff Deputy receives his first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

    How long do I have to wait between doses?
    Depending on the vaccine you receive, there is a 21-28 days between the first and second dose. Your vaccine provider will tell you when to return for your booster (second dose).  Information will be provided to everyone who receives the COVID-19 vaccine to ensure they receive the correct second dose.

    Booster vaccinations for those who received their first two vaccinations of Pfizer are now recommended. Those who are immune compromised should wait 28 days after their second dose. Others who received Pfizer should wait six months between their second and third doses.

     

    Does the COVID-19 vaccines require special handling?

    Yes, each vaccine has different storage and preparation requirements. Public Health staff  are trained to make sure that vaccine is stored and used properly.

     

    What will I receive to show that I was vaccinated?

    Those receiving the COVID-19 vaccine will receive a vaccination card, and will have the immunization noted on their offical IMMTRAC vaccine record  

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    MONITORING SIDE EFFECTS WITH V-SAFE

     

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    How can I let the CDC know about my side effects?

    Use your smartphone to tell CDC about any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. You’ll also get reminders if you need a second vaccine dose.  

    V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Through v-safe, you can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Depending on your answers, someone from CDC may call to check on you and get more information. V-safe will also remind you to get your second COVID-19 vaccine dose if you need one.

    Note: V-safe cannot schedule vaccine appointments, including second doses of COVID-19 vaccines. If you need to schedule, reschedule, or cancel a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, contact the location that set up your appointment or a vaccine provider in your area. This may be your state or local health department, employer, or vaccine provider.

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    This page was last modified on October 06, 2021

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