COVID-19 testing and vaccination center comes to West Dallas – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

A member of the Dallas City Council enlisted the help of the state and an association representing contractors to bring a COVID-19 vaccination and testing site to West Dallas.

The US Hispanic Contractors Association will be in Dallas on Friday and Saturday for the event.

“We are all connected. All industries are networked, ”said Frank Fuentes from the association in Austin.

Industrial workers, from construction workers to plumbers, especially in the Latino community, have been hard hit by COVID-19, he said.

“In Travis County, 50 to 50.5% of people who die from COVID are Latinos,” Fuentes said. “You have to assume it’s because we’re on the front lines. We have never been in quarantine. That’s just not how we make a living. “

The association has co-hosted vaccination and testing sites across the state to help keep families safe and better protection from the coronavirus.

The association will visit a vaccination and testing clinic at the West Dallas Multipurpose Center on Friday and Saturday with Dallas City Councilor Omar Narvaez.

The clinic is located at 2828 Fish Trap Road.

The clinic on Friday is open from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. The clinic on Saturday is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event is open to anyone in need of a COVID-19 test or vaccine, including children five and older.

Booster shots will also be available. You will be asked to bring your vaccination card with you. In indoor areas, social distancing and a mask requirement apply.

The services are provided free of charge. No ID, appointment, or insurance is required.

The community center is located at ZIP Code 75212, which encompasses most of West Dallas.

According to Narvaez, the zip code will be a “hotspot” for COVID-19 cases throughout the pandemic.

“It’s been consistent with high numbers and the numbers are growing and growing rapidly,” Narvaez said.

“Many households in this area are particularly Latinos, multigenerational and workers who have continued to work throughout the pandemic,” Narvaez said.

About 61% of the postcode’s residents have received at least one vaccine, according to online vaccination logs.

Narvaez says NBC 5 helped test or vaccinate approximately 10,000 people in pop-up clinics in churches and community centers.

Lately he has heard from many voters who caught the virus just before or after Christmas.

Many also say they struggled to find testing and vaccination sites so he offers them both services.

“I didn’t want people to just take one test. “Oh, I’m negative” and you still need your booster or you need the second dose or you have never had a vaccine, “he said. “So you get that first or second dose. Your children go to school and we need you to have these children vaccinated. “

When asked what his constituents say about their decision not to get vaccinated by then, Narvaez said, “Maybe they don’t understand, or they didn’t know, or they got misinformation on social media.”

Some workers say they expect cold symptoms after vaccination and just can’t afford to miss a day at work, to which Narvaez replies, “I’d rather be sick for a day than end up in the hospital.” Or worse. “

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