Texas health officials: any adult can get a COVID-19 vaccine starting March 29

The state health agency said they expect vaccine supplies to increase next week.
A healthcare professional administers COVID-19 vaccine.
A healthcare professional administers COVID-19 vaccine.
Published: Mar. 23, 2021 at 10:42 AM CDT
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AUSTIN, Texas (KBTX) - The Texas Department of State Health Services announced Tuesday that all adults in the state will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines starting Monday.

The state health agency said they expect vaccine supplies to increase next week. The state’s Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel recommended opening vaccination to everyone who falls under the current Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorizations “to protect as many Texans as possible.”

Both Brazos and Washington County vaccine hubs recently opened up their appointments to adults 18 and over.

“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 Imelda Garcia, DSHS associate commissioner for laboratory and infectious disease services and the chair of the Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel. “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.

Also next week, DSHS will 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. They will be notified when new clinics and appointments become available. People can continue to find additional providers through the DSHS Vaccine Information page at dshs.texas.gov/covidvaccine.

Online registration will be the best option for most people. If that’s 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.

To date, Texas has administered more than 9.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, equating to more than 6 million people with at least one dose and more than 3 million fully vaccinated. 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.

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Posted by Texas Department of State Health Services on Tuesday, March 23, 2021

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