Amid the dinner rush and the start of the bar crowds in Deep Ellum on Friday night, volunteers roamed the streets looking for people looking for a COVID-19 vaccine.
It was a field effort that turned Dallas County’s attention from immunization centers like the Fair Park site into a state-partnered pop-up that he hoped would attract young people who didn’t. had not already prioritized the vaccine.
âI have no hesitation in obtaining it. There just wasn’t a good opportunity for me to get one, âsaid Chris Green.
The 20-year-old noticed the site from the restaurant where he works across the street.
Although her employer is pushing employees to get the vaccine by allowing them to do so during the paid work day, Green said bringing it to people in her age group could be the push many need.
As he walked out with a dose done, he said he felt ready to move on with life after COVID.
âAs a server, I am responsible for ensuring the safety of others. So I feel like I can do my job a lot better now that I’m getting the vaccine and don’t have to worry about passing it on to someone in the restaurant or someone I run into in the area. street, âGreen said.
By making the vaccine available at the end of the workday, the county hopes to catch people who haven’t been able to find an appointment that fits their busy schedule.
Today’s clinic was the first opportunity in two weeks that 16-year-old Will Spencer said worked for him.
âIt’s finals season for me at school so I spend all my time studying. Unless it was a Friday night or a weekend, I don’t think I would have come for two weeks, âSpencer said.
County officials hope this is why its youngest eligible residents are currently the least vaccinated.
Looking at adults, 77% of those 65 and over received at least one dose. But when you look at the entire population over 18, that number drops to 52%.
It’s a lag that pushed the county’s herd immunity projection back to the end of July, although the county is hoping events like Friday’s can reverse that trend.
âHey, you can come here. Enjoy socializing with friends, go out to bars, but make sure you’re fully immunized so you can protect yourself and others,â said Christian Grisales, spokesperson for Dallas County Health and Human Services.
DCHHS will return to Deep Ellum outside the Uplift Luna prep on Elm Street on Saturday from 11am to 9pm and again next weekend.