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"THIS IS PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT ANY OF US HAVE DONE IN OUR CAREERS."

[Mass Vaccination Event]

[00:00:04]

AFTER MONTHS OF PLANNING, “WE ALL CHOOSE PUBLIC SERVICE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OUR RESIDENTS," THAT DAY FINALLY ARRIVED. "WE’RE LITERALLY GONNA BREAK THIS PANDEMIC BY PROVIDING VACCINES.

SO THIS IS PROBABLY GOING THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT ANY OF US HAVE EVER DONE IN OUR CAREER." TRANSFORMING THE HOMER B. JOHNSON STADIUM PARKING LOT.

"I WILL SAY THAT COVID-19’S BEEN KICKING OUR BUTT FOR 11 MONTHS, AND I’M SICK OF IT. THAT STOPS TODAY. ALRIGHT SO THESE ARE YOUR TICKETS TO GET YOUR VACCINE." INTO A MASS VACCINATION, DRIVE-THRU CLINIC.

“TODAY WE START KICKING COVID-19’S BUTT, SO LETS GO GET SOME PAYBACK." (APPLAUSE) UNDER COLD AND AT TIMES RAINY CONDITIONS, STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CITIES OF GARLAND, ROWLETT AND SACSHE WORK TOGETHER WITH ONE GOAL IN MIND.

TO ADMINISTER 1000 DOSES OF THE MODERNA VACCINE TO RESIDENTS. “WOULD YOU MIND SHUTTING OFF YOUR VEHICLE FOR US?” GARLAND HAS BEEN DESIGNATED AS ONE OF DALLAS COUNTY’S VACCINATION HUBS.

“LITTLE STICK, 1-2-3” AS OF NOW, THE GARLAND HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAS ONLY RECEIVED 1000 DOSES.

THOSE WHO REGISTERED IN ADVANCE GOT NOTIFICATION TO SHOW UP AT THIS EVENT AT A DESIGNATED TIME. “BY 12 NOON, MORE THAN 500 PEOPLE HAD COME THROUGH THIS GARLAND DRIVE THRU GETTING THOSE VACCINATIONS. AFTER PEOPLE GET THEIR SHOT, THEY PARK THEIR CAR RIGHT HERE AND PARAMEDICS OBSERVE THEM FOR AT LEAST 15 MINUTES. THEY HAVE THIS DOWN TO A SCIENCE FOR SURE." (SPANISH) (SPANISH) "IT WAS VERY WELL ORGANIZED. I MEAN THE WAITING TIME MINIMAL AND VERY PROFESSIONAL. VERY EFFICIENT AND EASY TO FOLLOW ALONG. YOU GLAD YOU DID IT? ABSOLUTELY.

YES, IT’S JUST GOING TO MAKE EVERYBODY SAFER IN THE COMMUNITY AS WELL AS FOR MYSELF AND MY FAMILY. I MEAN WE WERE IN AND GO OUR SHOT AND GOT OUT HERE TO PARK AND GOT ALL THAT DONE WITHIN 15 MINUTES.

IT’S JUST GONNA MEAN THAT I CAN WORK MORE FREELY.

I WORK FOR MYSELF AND WITH HER AND A HEART CONDITION, IT JUST MEANS THAT SHE’S GOT TO HAVE THAT PROTECTION.

HERE WE GO, RELAX YOUR ARM." THOSE WE TALKED TO WHO GOT THE VACCINE ARE ENCOURAGING OTHERS TO SIGN UP FOR THEIR VACCINATIONS NOW. “IF A NEIGHBOR OR SOMEBODY IN YOUR FAMILY NEEDS HELP SIGNING UP ON THE PHONE, OR ON THE COMPUTER, PLEASE GIVE THEM A HAND, THIS IS HOW WE’RE GOING TO OVERCOME THIS PANDEMIC BY HELPING EACH OTHER. THE OVERALL EVENT WAS WILDLY SUCCESSFUL” THE DRIVE-THRU PROCESS WORKED AS PLANNED, BUT SEVERAL HUNDRED PEOPLE WERE TURNED AWAY BECAUSE THEY SHOWED UP WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT. “IT SLOWS THE LINE DOWN IF NOTHING ELSE AND WE'VE TURNED AWAY SEVERAL TODAY WHO DIDN'T HAVE AN APPOINTMENT, AND YOU KNOW IT’S UNFORTUNATE. I KNOW EVERYBODY’S DESPERATE TO GET A VACCINE, AND WE GET THAT, BUT WE’RE ASKING EVERYONE TO REGISTER AND WE WILL GET TO YOU AS QUICKLY AS WE CAN." THE DRIVE-THRU PROCESS WILL GET SOME MINOR TWEAKS, BUT THE COMMUNITIES OF GARLAND, ROWLETT AND SACSHE, ALONG WITH GARLAND ISD ARE READY FOR THE NEXT EVENT AS SOON AS MORE DOSES ARE SHIPPED. “I MEAN IT’S TRULY BEEN A TEAM EFFORT AMONG THOSE FOUR ORGANIZATIONS, AND I’M VERY PROUD OF THE RELATIONSHIPS THAT WE’VE BUILT OVER THE PAST YEARS.” “THOSE RELATIONSHIPS ARE REALLY PAYING OFF NOW.” THIS IS FOR YOUR RECORDS, OK? AND IT SHOWS WHEN YOU’RE GOING TO GET YOUR SECOND VACCINE.” FOR ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA, AND TO GET ON THE WAIT LIST, GO TO GARLANDTX.GOV AND CLICK ON THE “VACCINE INFORMATION” LINK ON THE HOME PAGE.

FOR THE CITY OF GARLAND, I’M SAUL GARZA.



* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.