Mayor Eric Johnson said Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available at the annual back-to-school fair on Friday, August 6.
DALLAS — The mayor of the city of Dallas hopes his annual back-to-school fair could be an event that encourages more residents to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
“I implore all of our Dallas residents to get vaccinated as soon as possible,” Mayor Eric Johnson said at a press conference Wednesday.
The impassioned plea comes during the same week that Dallas County health officials began shifting the COVID-19 risk level to “Red.” This indicates that there is a high risk of transmission.
“It’s become increasingly clear that while we’ve made tremendous progress against COVID-19, this pandemic isn’t done with us yet,” Johnson said.
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Data shows Dallas County is seeing a further increase in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Hospitalizations in North Texas are up 321% from June, according to Dallas County Health and Human Services.
Cars continued to line up for drive-through COVID testing at Ellis Davis Field on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Dallas Mayor’s Office and the Dallas Foundation began handing out raffle prizes this week. More than 120 prizes are awarded to residents who entered raffles after receiving vaccines in June and July.
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As local leaders continue to promote the COVID-19 vaccine, Johnson said the annual Mayor’s Back-to-School Fair will offer Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine options at a drive-in event at Fair Park in 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday August. 6, at door 16.
“They can choose any of the three vaccines they want. Any of the three. Or, if they show up at 4 p.m., Walmart will vaccinate them,” Mayor Johnson explained.
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On Saturday, August 7, Dallas ISD Trustee Pastor Maxie Johnson welcomes Shake Dallas to South Oak Cliff High School. The free event will include an opportunity fair for teens, a community health fair for the community and a concert with gospel artist Dorinda Clark-Cole.
“We are doing everything necessary, making sure everyone is safe,” Administrator Johnson said.
Baylor Scott & White is partnering with Shake Dallas Health Fair to offer the Pfizer vaccine to residents ages 12 and older at 1:30 p.m. at South Oak Cliff High School. A parent or legal guardian must accompany any minor being vaccinated.