Corrected: City of Dallas to partner with Methodist Health System on next week's vaccine distributions

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Jan. 31, 2021

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Corrected: City of Dallas to partner with Methodist Health System on next week's vaccine distributions

Correction: The City is receiving 4,875 doses of the Pfizer vaccine next week, not 4,785.

DALLAS — Mayor Eric Johnson announced Sunday that the City of Dallas will partner with Methodist Health System to help distribute 4,875 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to the public next week.

Mayor Johnson, who serves as the City of Dallas Emergency Management Director, and the Office of Emergency Management have been discussing a potential partnership with Methodist for several weeks and began negotiating details last week. The agreement was finalized Sunday.

Mayor Johnson believes that the partnership will help ensure the City’s very limited vaccine supply is distributed faster and more efficiently. The move could also lay the groundwork for more equitable distribution going forward and can help alleviate scheduling and wait-time issues at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center while the City works to transition to a new scheduling system.

“I am proud that we were able to give out 5,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine last week, and we remain dedicated to inoculating as many people as we possibly can — and to scaling up our efforts as we move forward,” Mayor Johnson said. “We are also committed to being as agile as possible under the state’s guidelines as we try to create the best possible experience for our residents who need this lifesaving vaccine. I believe this partnership with one of our finest local medical institutions can elevate our efforts, and I am grateful to Methodist Health System for stepping up to help during this critical time.”

The City of Dallas will give out about 1,875 of the Pfizer doses on Wednesday and Thursday at the convention center. Those who are eligible will be contacted directly by the City of Dallas to schedule an appointment. Unauthorized appointments made through links shared by third parties will be canceled by the City.

Methodist plans to give out the other 3,000 doses on Thursday and Friday — about 1,500 each day — at Methodist Dallas Medical Center in Oak Cliff. Methodist will directly contact people who are registered on Dallas County’s wait list to schedule an appointment at the hospital.

“Methodist Health System is proud to partner with the City of Dallas to administer lifesaving COVID-19 vaccinations at Methodist Dallas Medical Center to our fellow citizens who need them the most,” said Jim Scoggin, CEO of Methodist Health System.

Methodist will provide information and directions to those who schedule appointments at the hospital.

Both parties will evaluate the partnership on a week-by-week basis, depending on the supply of vaccines made available to the City and to Methodist in the future.

Mayor Johnson, Emergency Management Coordinator Rocky Vaz, and other officials will be available to answer media questions at 10:45 a.m. Monday inside Lobby A, near the escalators, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. More details will be sent Monday morning.