TEXAS–As of March 29, all adults will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) expects vaccine supplies to increase and providers in multiple parts of the state have made great strides in vaccinating people in the current priority groups.
“We are closing in on 10 million doses administered in Texas and we want to keep up the momentum as the vaccine supply increases,” said DSHS Associate Commissioner for laboratory and infectious disease services and the chair of the Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel Imelda Garcia. “As eligibility opens up, we are asking providers to continue to prioritize people who are the most at risk of severe disease, hospitalization and death – such as older adults.”
DSHS has directed vaccine providers to prioritize people 80 years old or older when scheduling appointments and accommodate anyone in that age group who presents for vaccination, whether or not they have an appointment, by immediately moving them to the front of the line. That will ensure vaccination of anyone 80 or older with as small a burden on themselves as possible.
DSHS will also launch a website to allow people to register for a shot through some public health providers. The public will be able to enroll in the Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler to identify upcoming vaccine clinics hosted by DSHS or a participating local health department and be notified when new clinics and appointments become available. People can continue to find additional providers though the DSHS Vaccine Information page at dshs.texas.gov/covidvaccine.
Online registration will be the best option for most people. For those for whom that is not an option, DSHS will launch a toll-free number to provide assistance making an appointment with a participating provider or locating another provider that has vaccine available.
Most vaccines are authorized for people 18 years old and older; the FDA has authorized the Pfizer vaccine for use in people 16 and older.