Texas to Receive More Than 400,000 First Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine Next Week

News Release
News Release
February 5, 2021

News Release
Feb. 5, 2021

The state of Texaswill receive 401,750 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the federalgovernment for the week of Feb. 8. The Texas Department of State HealthServices has instructed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ship thosedoses to 358 providers in 135 counties across Texas. That includes 85 hubproviders that will focus on broader community vaccination efforts includingthe hardest hit populations and areas in exchange for a steady supply ofvaccine from week to week. An additional 273 providers will receive doses nextweek with a focus on those that serve older adults, such as health departments,pharmacies, federallyqualified health centers, community and rural clinics, and some medicalpractices that specialize in care for older adults.

 

DSHS is encouraging providers tomake accommodations for people 75 and older, who remain at the highest risk ofsevere disease, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. For example, providerscould set aside a certain number of doses for older adults, serve them duringspecial hours, help them move through vaccine clinics more quickly, or workwith local partners to facilitate in-home vaccination. This does not change thegroups eligible for vaccination.

 

In addition to the first dosesmentioned above, the state is ordering 330,925 doses intended as the seconddose for people first vaccinated a few weeks ago. DSHS is working withproviders to make sure that they order the number of second doses they need atthe appropriate time. People should be able to return to the same provider toreceive their second dose within six weeks of getting the first.

 

Texas providers have administered nearly2.9 million doses of vaccine. More than 2.2 million people have received atleast one dose, and nearly 670,000 have been fully vaccinated. People are notrequired to be vaccinated in their county of residence, and vaccinehas been administered to residents of all 254 counties.

 

Texascontinues to vaccinate health care workers, residents of long-term carefacilities, people 65 and older and those with medical conditions that put themat greater risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19. Vaccine remains limited based onthe capacity of the manufacturers to produce it, so it will take time for Texasto receive enough vaccine for all the people in the priority populations whowant to be vaccinated. Currently, there is not enough vaccine to supply everyprovider with vaccine every week. Johnson & Johnson yesterday filed withthe Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization to distributeits single-dose vaccine. The FDA will consider that application over the nextfew weeks.

 

People can find more information onCOVID-19 vaccine at /coronavirus/immunize/vaccine.aspx.

 

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    (News Media Contact: pressofficer@dshs.texas.gov