Dallas, TX – The booster dose of the vaccine was finally approved by the health officials and now the third dose is slowly rolling out for those eligible.
As of now, only those who got the Pfizer shot can get third, booster dose if they are among the allowed groups. Moderna and J&J are still not approved by the FDA, but it’s expected they to be added on the list by the end of October.
According to the most recent data, in the first batch of people almost 60 million people are eligible to get the shot.
President Joe Biden was among the first to get the shot in order to encourage the public to decide and get third dose of the vaccine while the health officials are having hard times to make the vaccine hesitant get the first shot.
Parkland Hospital began giving those booster shots Monday to eligible people who received their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago.
Around 400 cars passed through the Ellis Davis Fieldhouse parking lot in southern Dallas County on Monday for the first day for booster shots for the Parkland vaccination site.
One of those who received the booster dose is Maria Wagnon who waited more than two hours in line to get her third shot. According to her, the decision for a third shot is personal and she thinks that way she will remain safe from the virus.
“I have a sister in the hospital. We don’t know if she is going to make it,” she said.
Wagnon added that she had cancer in the past and she looks forward to do everything she can to keep herself safe from the virus. Getting the third dose of the vaccine is one of things she can easily do.
Samia Zia is the director of operations for COVID testing at the Ellis Davis site.
“It leaves a lot for interpretation. But our first responders, our grocery workers, they are coming through,” she said. “So we are seeing individuals in those categories. But if they are answering yes to those questions, of course we are vaccinating them.”
As of now, those eligible can get their booster dose at three of the available Dallas locations, including the State Fair of Texas.
“You need to provide your vaccination card. If you don’t have one, provide an ID,” said Christian Grisales with Dallas County Health and Human Services. “We’re going to look you up in the system just to make sure that you did take your first and second dose.”
Those who claim that have received two doses of the vaccine and has been at least six months since the second dose but for some reason don’t have their vaccination card with them, will be checked in the system and if eligible, will get the third dose.
Those eligible for a booster now include anyone 65 and up, adults with an underlying health condition and employees in high-risk work environments like health care workers and teachers.