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Dallas County partners with grocery stores to vaccinate over 8,000 essential workers

On Monday in Texas, those 16 and older became eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. In Dallas County, officials are making sure essential workers are a priority.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins announced the Essential Employees Vaccination Program. The county partnered with Parkland Health and Hospital System, Kroger, and the Texas Retailers Association to create this program.

"We need to get them inoculated because they have done so much for us during this pandemic. And you know, when they are all inoculated and safe, that makes all the shoppers that much more safe," said Judge Jenkins.

Trays of Pfizer vaccines will be delivered to Kroger, Tom Thumb, Albertsons, and Target stores in Dallas County to vaccinate its employees. Each tray has 1,170 shots. Over the coming days and weeks, the plan is to vaccinate around 3,000 Kroger associates, 4,400 Tom Thumb and Albertsons associates, and 1,000 Target associates in Dallas County.

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