Collin County ready to host vaccine mega-center; waiting on DSHS for vaccine
In a joint letter sent today to Commissioner Hellerstedt of Texas’ Department of State Health Services (DSHS), the Collin County Commissioners Court and the Collin County legislative delegation appealed to the state to provide additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Collin County as soon as possible.
The letter states that Collin County and its public/private partners are ready and able to host a mega-center for large scale vaccine distribution available to all Texans starting immediately. It is signed by County Judge Chris Hill, Commissioner Susan Fletcher (Pct 1), Commissioner Cheryl Williams (Pct 2), Commissioner Darrell Hale (Pct 3), Commissioner Duncan Webb (Pct 4), Senator Angela Paxton (SD 8), Senator Drew Springer (SD 30), Representative Justin Holland (HD 33), Representative Matt Shaheen (HD 66), Representative Jeff Leach (HD 67), Representative Scott Sanford (HD 70), and Representative Candy Noble (HD 89).
“I and our legislative delegation are working diligently with the leadership of Collin County and with the Department of State Health Services to attack COVID-19 head-on,” said Representative Jeff Leach, “including ensuring that Collin County citizens have quick and efficient access to vaccinations. Those citizens expect, demand and deserve nothing less.”
According to County Judge Chris Hill, “The Commissioners and I have been planning strategically with our legislative delegation, our cities, our school districts, and private sector partners to ensure that Collin County is ready and able to distribute both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to our community as early and as quickly as possible. We absolutely need the state to join our partnership and provide the vaccines to Collin County.”
The partnership, which includes Collin County, 25 cities and towns across the county, Collin College, McKinney ISD, Frisco ISD, Plano ISD, and private sector providers, stands ready to immediately administer up to 2,000 vaccine doses per day, and has the capacity to ramp up to 6,000 doses per day (at each location) by January 25. The partnering agencies have already secured multiple locations suitable for vaccine mega-centers and have already established a waiting list of over 86,000 citizens seeking the vaccine. The vaccine waiting list hosted by Collin County is open to all Texans who are eligible according to the DSHS Phase 1A and Phase 1B definitions. The only element missing from the operational plan is the vaccine itself, which is provided at the sole discretion of DSHS.
DSHS previously announced that 200,000 doses of the vaccine would be distributed across the state this week, but none of those doses were allocated for Collin County. Additionally, DSHS has not yet committed any future doses for Collin County and its local partners.
Consistent with the direction and guidance of your office, Collin County Health Care Services stands ready and able to operate vaccination mega-sites to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to North Texans. Collin County has formed a strategic vaccine partnership including the cities and towns in the county, Collin College, local school districts, and private vendors. Together we have developed an operational plan to vaccinate up to 6,000 individuals per day utilizing both the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccines, and we respectfully request that the Department of State Health Services immediately allocate as many doses as possible to Collin County.
Collin County and the following city and town partners have entered into a cooperative partnership to assist in COVID-19 vaccine registration and distribution: Allen, Anna, Blue Ridge, Celina, Fairview, Farmersville, Frisco, Josephine, Lavon, Lowry Crossing, Lucas, McKinney, Melissa, Murphy, Nevada, New Hope, Parker, Plano, Princeton, Prosper, Richardson, Sachse, Saint Paul, Weston, and Wylie. Pursuant to the partnership, each of our entities is working together from a joint COVID-19 vaccine registration waiting list, which currently includes over 83,000 Phase 1A and 1B eligible Collin County residents.
Additionally, Collin County has retained Curative Medical Associates Inc. to operate a mass distribution COVID-19 mega-center in Collin County. Multiple locations have already been secured to handle the large volume of traffic and patients. We anticipate that we can vaccinate up to 6,000 people per day starting the week of January 25.
Through this strategic partnership and with this operational plan, Collin County stands ready to implement a unified response for quick and efficient vaccinations for North Texas. The only element missing from our plan is the COVID-19 vaccine, and we respectfully request that additional doses be allocated for Collin County as soon as possible.
County Judge Chris Hill
Commissioner Susan Fletcher, Precinct 1
Commissioner Cheryl Williams, Precinct 2
Commissioner Darrell Hale, Precinct 3
Commissioner Duncan Webb, Precinct 4
Senator Angela Paxton, District 8
Senator Drew Springer, District 30
Representative Justin Holland, District 33
Representative Matt Shaheen, District 66
Representative Jeff Leach, District 67
Representative Scott Sanford, District 70
Representative Candy Noble, District 89