The COVID-19 vaccine and testing site at Ellis Davis Fieldhouse in Dallas was closed on Wednesday, about 18 months after the pandemic began.
According to the Parkland Memorial Hospital, which operates the site, more than 97,000 tests have been performed and more than 78,000 vaccines have been administered.
The Ellis Davis drive-through location did not require a reservation and provided a convenient location for servicing southern Dallas County, primarily black and Latino areas with high COVID-19 deaths.
People lined up to receive the shots on the final day said they were grateful for the location.
“I actually took all three shots here,” said Cassandra Graham. “It was such a blessing.”
According to Dr. Philip Juan, director of the Dallas County Health and Welfare Department, the number of people using the facility has declined in recent weeks.
“We are not in the same situation as when this started,” Huang said. “Widely available. Finding a vaccine is not difficult.”
John Wiley Price, Dallas County Commissioner, said the site wasn’t closed.
“A site that is operationally designed to serve 500 to 1,000 a day cannot justify 100 to 150 a day,” Price said, and the facility has 24/7 security. Also added that it is necessary.
The closure comes as Huang warns about the rise of the incident when people gather for a vacation. About 40% of Texas people remain unvaccinated.
He urged people to vaccinate or, if eligible, boost immunity to protect themselves and their loved ones at this Thanksgiving.
“It reminds us that we can’t relax our vigilance,” Huang said.
Dallas County recently reopened a fair park vaccination site for booster shots and first shots. There are all three shot options for adults and a Pfizer vaccine for children over 5 years old.
Dallas County also operates a large vaccination site at Eastfield College, and shots are now widely available in pharmacies and drug stores.