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Posted on: January 23, 2021

McKinney Fire Department reminds residents vaccines given by appointment only

Walk-ups will be turned away


McKINNEY, Texas (Jan. 23, 2021) – As the City of McKinney continues vaccinating the public as part of its hub designation for Collin County, officials urge people not to show up without an appointment. 


“We know the community is eager to get this vaccine, and we are doing everything we can to get this out as expeditiously as possible. We kindly ask the community to be patient as we ramp up this operation and vaccines become more widely available. Please do not come to the stadium seeking a vaccine if you do not have a prior appointment. Unfortunately, we have limited resources and cannot accommodate walk-ups,” said McKinney Fire Chief Danny Kistner. 


The city has implemented safety protocols and strict schedules at the vaccination site to keep people properly distanced and to ensure minimal lines. 


“It becomes very difficult for our staff and volunteers to manage a lot of people who are coming to the site without an appointment,” Chief Kistner said. “Unfortunately, we have to turn many people away without an appointment, and it’s very sad for everyone involved.”


The city is partnering with Collin County to use their COVID-19 vaccine waitlist for McKinney residents. The county will provide the city information for residents on the waitlist when vaccines become available and appointments can be scheduled. 


The waitlist is for Collin County residents who meet Texas Department of State Health Services Phase 1A and 1B categories for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. 

 

The city will contact those next in line for the vaccine when doses become available. The city is primarily using email to schedule appointments for those on the waitlist unless an email address is not available. These appointment emails are only valid for the intended recipient and appointments made from a forwarded email will not be honored. 

 

Due to the limited volume of vaccines available to McKinney and Collin County, individuals are encouraged to contact their primary health care provider and their local pharmacy to inquire about additional vaccine availability. Most private health care providers like pharmacies, hospitals, physicians are maintaining their own vaccine waitlists separate from the Collin County Health Care Services waitlist.

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