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Updated December 22, 2020

DCMS is pleased to be working with the Dallas Division of Kroger Health pharmacies to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to Dallas County Medical Society physicians and their medical staff. Specifics regarding the locations, dates, and times for receiving the vaccine are yet to be determined, but DCMS will publish those details once confirmed. Please continue to monitor your email regularly as this is how DCMS will be communicating details once they are finalized.

  • The prioritization of outpatient physician offices is recommended by the Texas Department of State Health Services as Phase 1a – Tier 2. See this link for details. Dallas County Health and Human Services published detailed local priority allocation guidance here for health care personnel, essential workers, and patients.

  • It is still unclear when Phase 1A – Tier 2 outpatient physician offices will be allocated vaccine. Within Dallas County, the Phase 1A – Tier 1 health care vaccinations are still not complete. The allocation for Tier 2 outpatient physician offices is dependent on vaccine supply.

  • Kroger will provide several in-pharmacy and “closed-door” opportunities for DCMS physicians and their staff to receive the vaccine. Details on the dates, times, and locations of these vaccination events are being finalized at this time.

  • There will be no out-of-pocket vaccine administration fee charged to physicians or medical staff who receive the vaccine from this collaborative program.

While additional details about how DCMS physicians and medical staff will access the vaccine through this program are developing, DCMS wants to ensure members that your concerns were heard and that a solution has been identified.

DCMS greatly appreciates the support and collaboration of Kroger Health – Dallas Division and Kroger pharmacies for their willingness to collaborate on a solution for Dallas County Medical Society physicians and their medical staff.  

Please watch your email for additional information as details regarding this program are confirmed.


The following advice from the public health community is offered to keep you and your family safe from the deadly COVID-19 pandemic during the upcoming holiday season. Following this advice will help us avoid more empty seats at our holiday tables in 2021. Please don’t let COVID be your uninvited guest this holiday season. 

Click here to view the public advice: English Version / Spanish Version


Because it is likely that COVID-19 vaccine will not be supplied all at once, Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is in the process of Mass Vaccination Planning to follow guidance released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The resulting plan will establish regional and local priority groups to guide the sequence of vaccination groups. Read the full letter here.

Additional resources:
National Academy of Medicine, Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine

Texas Department of State Health Services, COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan slides  


COVID-19 Research Study Participants Needed  
If you have recently been diagnosed with COVID-19, you may be eligible for a research study. Baylor University Medical Center, partnered with the Montreal Heart Institute, is investigating whether short-term treatment with a medicine called colchicine can prevent hospitalization, need for a ventilator, and death related to COVID-19. The idea tested is to start colchicine early in the disease process, when you are feeling relatively ok, to prevent the development of severe symptoms. View details.


TMA created the Practice Viability Toolkit which collates much of the information, resources, and links physicians need to make informed decisions about their practice’s viability during this pandemic.

*Please note that the information relating to COVID-19 contained in this publication was believed to be current at the time of publication; however, circumstances surrounding COVID-19 are continually evolving and the information provided herein is subject to change at any time. Contact the TMA Knowledge Center or view the appropriate agency’s website for the most up-to-date information. Refer to TMA’s COVID-19 Practice Viability web page for additional tools, resources, and frequently asked questions regarding operational challenges that affect your practice’s viability.

Visit TMA's COVID-19 Resource Center 
for medical and legal resources for your practice. Be sure that you are receiving the Texas Medicine Today daily newsletter. For the next several weeks at least, the newsletter will contain ONLY stories related to the coronavirus pandemic. As a DCMS and TMA member, you can LOGIN to update your email preferences or email to request these.

Emergency Child Care for COVID-19 Frontline Essential Workers: 
In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the State of Texas has developed a tool to help essential workers and employer’s emergency child care options for their children and their employees’ families. View full details.

The YMCA is currently operating at 7 locations across the Metroplex providing free childcare to healthcare professionals. The cost is FREE to Dallas families, with proof of essential worker status, thanks to the generosity of Chase Oaks Churches across the Metroplex. View details here.

The Here For Texas Mental Health Navigation Line is a free helpline offering guidance, information, resources, and support for mental health and substance use issues.  If you’re seeking resources for yourself or for a patient, client, student, family member, or friend, call 972-525-8181.

See this flyer for more details.  Access a searchable database of mental health providers on their website at

COVID-19 and Your Mental Health Infographic
source Mental Health America

VOLUNTEER:  If you are a medical professional interested in volunteering during this health crisis, please email  Someone will be in contact with you shortly. Thank you for your response and for your patience as we navigate this together!

Message from TMLT CEO
As the CEO of Texas Medical Liability Trust, it has been my greatest honor to serve and protect the physicians of Texas and beyond. And now, at perhaps the medical community’s greatest hour of need in a generation, I pledge my full support and the personal support of TMLT’s  employees to provide service and assistance in any way we can. Read more.

NBC5 and Dallas Morning News
hosted a panel of medical experts to answer your questions about coronavirus. These panelists included DCMS members and current president, Mark Casanova, MD, past president John Carlo, MD, and Collin County member Bryan Johnson, MD.  Panelists updated North Texans on the pandemic and addressed viewers’ concerns. View this video.

Don’t Panic, But Be Prepared: DCMS President, Mark A. Casanova, MD, FAAHPM
The head of the Dallas County Medical Society tells NBC 5 there’s no need to panic, but make sure you are prepared and know what to do if you suspect you may have the coronavirus, visit their website.

Dallas, June 11, 2020 -
There is an abundance of information available about the different COVID-19 tests that are on the market. The pandemic has led to rapid developments that while helpful, can produce confusion. The North Texas Medical Society Coalition (NTMSC) wants to highlight the critical differences between COVID-19 tests and explain how they are an important part of protecting North Texas communities. View full press release.

Dallas, June 4, 2020 -
The North Texas Medical Society Coalition (NTMSC) is encouraging individuals participating in large events such as religious services, graduation celebrations, and civic protests, to use a self-assessment process to reduce their COVID-19 risk. They are also calling on leaders in the community to mitigate risks as much as possible by seeking advice of local physicians on the best practices for supporting individual wellbeing and ensuring these important activities can continue. View full press release.

Dallas, May 29, 2020 - 
The North Texas Medical Society Coalition (NTMSC) is encouraging those who are sick or exposed to COVID-19 to complete a full 14 days in quarantine to avoid a resurgence of the virus in North Texas. View full press release.

Dallas, May 21, 2020 - As Memorial Day weekend approaches, the North Texas Medical Society Coalition (NTMSC) encourages residents and businesses to continue practicing safe physical distancing. As people gather to celebrate with friends and family, or take in North Texas' recreational activities, it is critical to continue preventive steps to avoid spreading COVID-19. There is still no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. View full press release.


Large Counties Continue to Struggle, Doctors: "We just want to save lives"
Dallas, May 13, 2020 - The North Texas Medical Society Coalition (NTMSC) is calling for additional measures as statistics show a surge of COVID-19 cases in smaller counties. Large counties, such as Dallas and Tarrant, are continuing to struggle with high numbers of COVID-19 patients, but their cases have been effectively managed through existing hospital systems. As the number of cases have increased, the growth has spread into smaller surrounding counties--areas that do not have the support of multiple hospital systems. View full press release.

Dallas-Fort Worth, May 6, 2020 -
The Collin-Fannin, Dallas, Denton, Grayson, and Tarrant Medical Societies have partnered to form the North Texas Medical Society Coalition (NTMSC), one of the largest physician-led COVID-19 alliances in the southern United States. With over 11,500 members, the NTMSC will collectively advise and inform North Texas communities with scientifically based information. View full press release.

2019 Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19) 
Recommended Provider Resources from the Dallas County Health and Human Services and CDC

For the most current information, please visit the following sites:

Dallas County:  Dallas County Health and Human Services
United States:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Worldwide:  World Health Organization

Help Dallas County connect first responders & healthcare workers with critical resources, visit

Person Under Investigation (PUI) Assessment and Infection Control

CDC Recommendations for Home Care

Interim Guidance for Discontinuation of In-Home Isolation for Patients with COVID-19 (CDC 2/16/2020)

Interim Guidance for Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Homes and Residential Communities (CDC 2/14/2020)

Interim Guidance for Implementing Home Care of People Not Requiring Hospitalization for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) (CDC 2/12/2020)


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