The Texas Department of State Health Services has instructed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ship first doses of COVID-19 vaccine to 234 providers this week.
That includes 28 hub providers that will focus on large community vaccination efforts as Texas vaccinates health care workers, people 65 and older and those with medical conditions that put them at greater risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19.
The hub providers, listed below, will receive 158,825 doses of vaccine based on the number of people each provider estimated it could serve in a week. An additional 38,300 doses will go to other providers to continue vaccination in communities statewide. Three are three hub locations in Dallas County scheduled to received almost 23,000 doses and two in Tarrant County receiving 19,050 doses.
Providers in 104 counties will receive vaccine shipments this week, bringing the cumulative number of counties to 222. Vaccine has been administered to residents of all 254 Texas counties.
Montague County officials worked out a deal with Tarrant County that allows local citizens to sign up for vaccines in the tier 1A and 1B categories. County citizens are able to submit an application for the vaccine on the Tarrant County government website. If approved the resident would drive to a location in Tarrant County at a designated appointment.
These tiers include doctors, nurses, first responders, as well as individuals 65 and older and 18 and older with an underlying medical condition. Tarrant County is distributing the Moderna vaccine at this time, which is only available to individuals 18 and older.
Benton said they discovered over the weekend there were a few towns that were not included, but those zip codes have been submitted to the Tarrant County Health Service.
Follow this link to the Tarrant County site https://www.tarrantcounty.com/en/public-health/disease-control—prevention/COVID-19/COVID-19-Vaccine.html.
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