Updated at 6:55 p.m. Friday with information from the mayor’s office.
South Oak Cliff High School will become a COVID-19 vaccine site Saturday as part of an effort to inoculate residents from the most vulnerable communities.
Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, community leaders and the Caring Foundation of Texas are hosting the clinic, which will administer about 250 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine by appointment from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to a news release.
Johnson also worked with Uber to provide promo codes for free rides to and from the school.
“This is a true team effort, which is ultimately what it will take to vanquish the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said. “To achieve community immunity against this deadly and devastating virus, we must ensure all of our neighborhoods have equitable access to these lifesaving vaccines.”
Principal Willie Johnson told KXAS-TV (NBC5) that district officials would prioritize teachers and community members age 65 or older to receive the shots.
“I’m excited about the opportunity, but I’m not satisfied, let me say that again – I’m not satisfied until we are considered a consistent vaccination site,” he said.
South Oak Cliff is in the middle of an area disproportionately affected by COVID-19. School officials have fought to bridge the vaccine equity gap. The school used its resource center last month to help people sign up for the vaccine. Johnson and alumni have pushed for the campus to become a designated vaccine distribution site as more doses became available.
Oak Cliff has some of the highest COVID-19 cases in Dallas County. ZIP code 75216, which is home to the high school, has recorded 6,585 cases as of Thursday.
“We’ve been fighting for equity, not just racial equity but health equity, and our health is our first priority,” Dallas ISD District 5 Trustee Maxie Johnson said. “We’ve advocated together, fought for it to happen. It shows that people are listening.”
The vaccines will be administered in the school’s gymnasium, 3601 S. Marsalis Ave. Appointments are required by signing up at http://carevan.bookappt.link/oakcliff.
The City operates a public vaccination hub at The Potter’s House in southern Dallas and, in partnership with VNA Meals on Wheels, will begin at-home vaccinations next week for homebound residents.