Updated Aug. 25, 2021 after the State Fair of Texas sent a health and safety update.
Anyone who wants their first or second COVID-19 vaccine can get it at the State Fair of Texas during its 24-day run in Dallas’ Fair Park in September and October 2021.
As an added perk, each person who gets their first or second shot at the fair will receive $20 in State Fair coupons. Dallas County Health & Human Services will pay for the coupons, spokesman Christian Grisales says.
The free coupons are available only at the State Fair of Texas and can only be used for food and rides, the spokesman says.
The State Fair clinic will also inoculate people who are immunocompromised and are getting a COVID-19 booster, but they are not eligible for the free fair coupons.
The county hasn’t announced if the booster will be available to non-immunocompromised people at the State Fair; county officials are waiting on FDA approval and state health guidance first. The booster is recommended eight months after the second Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, according to the director of the CDC.
The State Fair of Texas is taking a strong stand on vaccinations.
“We encourage people who are eligible to get vaccinated,” said fair spokeswoman Karissa Condoianis during a press conference about the Big Tex Choice Awards finalists.
“It is not lost on us that without the COVID-19 vaccine and vaccination efforts throughout North Texas and the Lone Star State, the State Fair would not be possible this year.” The fair was canceled in 2020 because of coronavirus safety concerns.
Condoianis says fair officials are “constantly in conversations” about safety protocols related to the State Fair of Texas, which runs Sept. 24 through Oct. 17.
Anyone getting vaccinated at the State Fair does not need an appointment and needs to bring their COVID-19 vaccination record card if they have had one or more shots. Pfizer shots will be given for first doses. Moderna shots will be given for second doses, according to a health and safety memo released by the State Fair of Texas on Aug. 25, 2021 — 30 days before the fair begins.
Fair Park has been a hub for COVID-19 vaccinations since early 2021. Staff there administered more than 460,000 first and second doses, then closed the site July 17 because of a drop in demand. The county has since re-opened its Fair Park clinic on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. That site will remain open on Saturdays through Sept. 18.
The vaccination site during the fair will be located behind Big Tex.
Charles Scudder contributed to this report.
Original story written Aug. 19, 2021.