Texas to Receive More Than 900,000 COVID-19 Vaccine First Doses for Next Week

News Release
March 23, 2021

Morethan 3 million people fully vaccinated

News Release
March 19, 2021

Over 900,000 firstdoses of COVID-19 vaccine will be shipped to providers across Texas next week.The Texas Department of State Health Services is allocating 685,470 doses to atleast 481 providers in 183 counties. More than 230,000 additional first doses areexpected to be available to pharmacy locations and federally-qualified healthcenters directly from the federal government.


Texas has now administered morethan 8.8 million doses, an increase of 1.2 million in the last week. Over 6million people have received at least one dose and more than 3 million arefully vaccinated. Among Texas seniors, 59 percent have received at least onedose and one in three are now fully vaccinated. Nearly one in seven of allTexans at least 16 years old are now fully vaccinated.


People ages 50 to 64 becameeligible for vaccination this week. They are added to health care workers,long-term care residents, people 65 and older, people with chronic health careconditions that may increase their risk of severe COVID-19, and school andchild care workers. DSHS estimates that 12 to 14 million Texans are currentlyeligible to be vaccinated.


In addition to the first dosesmentioned above, the state is ordering 674,580 doses intended as the seconddose for people first vaccinated a few weeks ago. DSHS automatically orderssecond doses to arrive at providers in the week they can begin to be administered,so they will be available when needed. People should be able to return to thesame provider to receive their second dose within six weeks of getting thefirst.


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