Still need a COVID-19 vaccine? Get a free shot outside the American Airlines Center during the Mavericks playoff games

Basketball fans have a chance to see the Dallas Mavericks possibly sweeping the Los Angeles Clippers at the American Airlines Center this weekend.

But whether you’re a fan of the Mavs, Clippers, Knicks, or any team in the NBA, you can also get a shot of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 single dose vaccine during games.

At least 200 of the vaccines will be given to any adult who wishes at Victory Plaza outside the American Airlines Center between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday and Sunday. It’s been five years since the arena last hosted a Dallas Mavericks playoff game, and the Mavs won the first two games of the best-of-seven series in Los Angeles.

The third and fourth games of the Mavericks-Clippers series will have a maximum capacity of 16,000 seats – just below the limit of 19,200 spectators. The capacity of the arena is 19,200 people. Masks are still needed inside the American Airlines Center.

The vaccines are administered through a partnership between the city and the NBA franchise. The shots will be administered by the Texas Military Department’s mobile vaccination team.

An appointment is not necessary to obtain a vaccine or to attend the match.

Rocky Vaz, director of emergency management in Dallas, said if the initial supply runs out either night, the city could bring more doses to Victory Plaza for those still looking to get it right. vaccinate.

The vaccinations are part of a recent city strategy to expand its weekly vaccine allocation to neighborhood clinics in schools, apartment complexes and other places.

The city closed its mass vaccination site at Potter’s House Church in South Dallas earlier this month, citing low vaccination counts. The site had been open since March.

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