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Texas DSHS allocates 446,460 1st doses of COVID-19 vaccine next week, and more’s available

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FILE – In this Jan. 21, 2021, file photo, Edna Becker receives the Moderna coronavirus vaccine from nurse Patricia Torres at the mass vaccination clinic at the New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center in New Braunfels, Texas. (Mikala Compton/Herald-Zeitung via AP, File)

AUSTIN, Texas (KTAL/KSHV) – The Texas Department of State Health Services is allocating 446,460 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine to providers that requested it for next week.

That allocation represents 753 sites in 101 counties and leaves more than 500,000 additional doses available to providers.

Those doses will be shipped to the DSHS pharmacy in Austin and used to fill vaccine requests starting next week.

Dr. John Hellerstedt, DSHS Commissioner MD, on Friday sent a letter to providers encouraging those who need vaccine to make requests by Tuesday so vaccine can be delivered next week.

He also asked providers who have new strategies to reach more people with the vaccine to share them with DSHS by Tuesday and to also let DSHS know how they can help with additional vaccines, technical support or even personnel.

In the upcoming weeks, providers are asked to continue to request vaccine as they need it, and DSHS will place or fill orders for those amounts, rather than drawing down all doses in the state allotment.

In addition to the 446,460 first doses outlined above, DSHS is ordering 639,400 second doses for people vaccinated a few weeks ago. 

An estimated 480,000 first and second doses are expected to be available to pharmacy locations, federally qualified health centers and dialysis centers as allocated directly by the federal government.

Texas has now administered more than 18.3 million doses of vaccine. More than 11 million people have received at least one dose and more than 7.9 million are now fully vaccinated.

That means nearly half of all eligible Texans have gotten a COVID-19 shot, and more than one-third are fully vaccinated. How cool is that?

The vaccine continues to be available across the state at large vaccine hubs, community vaccination providers and special clinics operated by the DSHS public health regions, local health departments and Texas Military Forces.

Many of the large vaccine providers have reduced their vaccine requests as shots become more widely available at smaller, more convenient locations around the state like pharmacies and doctors’ offices.

People can register with the Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler getthevaccine.dshs.texas.gov, which will match them with a vaccine appointment through a participating public health entity in their county.

People can find more information on COVID-19 vaccine at covidvaccine.texas.gov.

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