Texas To Receive More Than 1 Million COVID-19 Vaccine First Doses for Next Week

Vaccine coming through state, federal allocations

News Release
March 5, 2021

More than 1 million first doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be shipped to providers across Texas next week. The state is allocating 929,320 doses to 1,651 providers in 234 counties. More than 200,000 additional doses will be available to pharmacy locations and federally-qualified health centers directly from the federal government.

The significant increase is largely due to a supply of 245,200 doses of the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine coming to the state. The single-dose vaccine was authorized last weekend by the FDA and began shipping this week with 24,000 doses delivered to providers participating in the federally-supported vaccination sites in Arlington, Dallas and Houston.

Texas has now administered nearly 6.3 million doses. More than 4 million people have received at least one dose, and more than 2.2 million are fully vaccinated. Progress continues in vaccinating adults 65 years old and older with 48 percent having received at least one dose and more than 1 million seniors – more than one-quarter of the Texans in that age group – now fully vaccinated.

In addition to the first doses mentioned above, the state is ordering 457,000 doses intended as the second dose for people first vaccinated a few weeks ago. DSHS automatically orders second doses to arrive at providers in the week they can be begin to be administered, so they will be available when needed. People should be able to return to the same provider to receive their second dose within six weeks of getting the first.

Texas continues to vaccinate health care workers, residents of long-term care facilities, people 65 and older and those with medical conditions that put them at greater risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19. This week, the state added school and child care workers to the list of people eligible to be vaccinated. According to a federal directive, the action means that “those who work in pre-primary, primary, and secondary schools…and those who work as or for licensed child care providers” may now be vaccinated by any vaccine provider in Texas.

People can find more information on COVID-19 vaccine at https://www.dshs.texas.gov/covidvaccine/.

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

Last updated March 5, 2021