More than three years after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the disease is still a huge concern for local health leaders. Dallas County is focused on ensuring older adults get the latest vaccine.
"There is an updated version [of the vaccine] that has been released," says Mark Edwards, assistant director for the division of social services for Dallas County. "So we are doing a lot of messaging and outreach to our older adult population to ensure that they are receiving the latest version of the COVID vaccine, as well as their flu shots."
The new vaccine variant is covered by local insurance plans, Medicare, and Medicaid. For those who are uninsured or underinsured, the vaccine is available at no cost.
"If anyone does have Medicare or Medicaid or is uninsured, they can do so through their local pharmacy, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, etcetera," Edwards explained.
Edwards also strongly advocated for getting both vaccines at once, provided patients do not have allergic reactions to vaccines.
"There is no harm in getting your COVID vaccine and your flu shot at the same time. In fact, we encourage that," he affirmed.
To ensure accessibility, Dallas County Health and Human Services has set up 65 outreach clinics across the Dallas County area, including pop-up clinics for those with limited transportation options.
To find the nearest vaccination location, individuals can call 214-819-2000 or visit the county's website at dallascounty.org. The Health Department is located at 2377 North Stemmons in Dallas, where individuals can also receive vaccinations.
"Please, get vaccinated," Edwards urged. "We are here, ready to serve you and protect you from COVID-19."