Vaccine eligibility for all adults, and other updates

The following was adapted from my newsletter.

Hope you have been well and that you enjoyed your spring break.

In case you missed it, the state has announced a critical step toward ending the COVID-19 pandemic: Beginning next week, all Texans age 16 and older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. No preexisting conditions are required.

The state has promised to launch a new registration website, but you should also be sure to register at DallasCountyCOVID.org, with Denton County Public Health, or with other providers out there.

Click here to read this story.

The vaccines already appear to be having a significant impact on case counts. COVID-19’s spread is slowing down in the community, and as long as people continue to mask up, stay on guard, and get vaccinated when they can, this pandemic will finally come to an end.

It’s vital to not hesitate when you have the chance to get an appointment for a vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective for all communities. I recently wrote a column about why you should get the vaccine, and you can read it here.

Increasing the vaccine supply is the next step, and the city has been pushing to get more doses from the state. Next week, the state will give the city another 5,000 first doses of the Moderna vaccine to distribute at The Potter’s House (still by appointment only). But the city has the capacity to administer more than that.

Stay tuned for more updates on vaccinations soon. And hang in there. Hope is on the horizon after all of the tragedies and crises that the people of Dallas have endured together in the past year.

Park of the Month

The Park of the Month for March is the Dallas Zoo!

The Zoo is actually a city park that is operated by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and it’s an example of a successful public-private partnership in Dallas.

Visiting the Dallas Zoo can be a fantastic family experience. Nikki, William, and George had a great time spending the day there earlier this month.

You can learn a lot about wildlife at the 106-acre park, which has thousands of animals to see and a variety of family activities. And the Zoo is a fun and safe place to go during a pandemic.

The park is located in Oak Cliff at 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas, TX 75203. You can also get there by taking DART’s Red Line. So get out there and enjoy this fun city asset while the weather is nice!

Stop Asian Hate Day

I have proclaimed Friday, March 26, as “Stop Asian Hate Day” in the city.

Hate has no place in this city or in this country. The attacks and bigotry directed at Asian Americans throughout the COVID-19 pandemic have been disturbing and disheartening. This rhetoric and violence must stop.

The day is meant to draw attention to these disgusting trends and to help people heal. You can read the full proclamation here. And you can read coverage from WFAA, WBAP, and CBS 11.

Click here to read this story.

You should use the hashtag #StopAsianHate on social media and commit yourselves to making Dallas an even more inclusive and welcoming city for everyone.

Odds and ends

Five more quick things:

1) Former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush will serve as honorary chairs of a fundraising effort for upgrades at Fair Park. This is a big win for Fair Park. Some of my predecessors and I had written them a letter asking for them to take on the role, and they graciously agreed.

2) The City Council returned from its recess on Wednesday. During the meeting, City Councilmembers agreed to move forward with plans to construct a downtown subway — a potentially transformative project for Dallas — with the help of federal money.

3) The Dallas Literary Festival, hosted by SMU, begins Friday. You can learn more at dallasliteraryfestival.org.

4) The Botham Jean street renaming ceremony is Saturday.

5) April 1 is the last day to register to vote if you want to participate in the May 1 municipal elections! Stay engaged in your local government and make your voice heard.

That’s all for today. Hope you have a great weekend and that you stay safe.

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