Amarillo administers 100,000th COVID-19 vaccination

The primary objective of the City of Amarillo’s COVID-19 vaccination walk-in clinic is to vaccinate as many people as conveniently, safely and quickly as possible while following all federal and state guidelines and requirements. This important goal is being met.

The Amarillo Public Health Department (APHD) administered its 100,000th COVID-19 vaccination Friday (March 19) at the walk-in clinic at the Amarillo Civic Center. The clinic extended vaccine availability to individuals meeting criteria under the State of Texas Phase 1B COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation initiative on Dec. 30. 

Dale Dunn, a 69-year-old resident of Canyon, received the 100,000th vaccine Friday. 

“The entire process was much quicker than I expected – it took about 10 minutes. It was great,” said Dunn, who has two teenage granddaughters. “Our granddaughters live with us, so we all feel a lot better after doing this. We have been staying at home a lot, and we are looking forward to being able to get out and do things.”

Sandy Dorlean, a traveling nurse from Miami, Fla., administered the 100,000th vaccine to Dunn. 

“It feels good just to be a part of this (public health clinic),” said Dorlean. “To know that we are helping people and fighting this virus is something that is really enjoyable and fulfilling.”

As of Thursday, APHD administered 63,330 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine and 36,210 second doses. Amarillo’s first confirmed positive test for COVID-19 was March 18, 2020.

“Amarillo Public Health Department staff and Amarillo Civic Center staff are doing a phenomenal job of providing this life-saving vaccine,” said City Manager Jared Miller. “It is remarkable what has been accomplished in only a couple of months. Amarillo’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic has become a standard for others to emulate.”

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