Texas DHS: 325,000 first doses sent in fourth week of COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Texas DHS: 325,000 first doses sent in fourth week of COVID-19 vaccine distribution
Vaccines arrive at East Texas Hospitals

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, more than 325,000 first doses have been sent to providers in the fourth week of COVID-19 vaccine distribution, with 224,250 second doses also sent to complete the vaccination series for first week recipients.

The Texas DSHS reports they instructed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ship first doses of COVID-19 vaccine to more than 949 providers in 158 Texas counties over the next week. The CDC will deliver 167,300 doses of the vaccine manufactured by Moderna and 37,050 doses of the Pfizer vaccine directly to Texas providers.

An additional 121,875 doses of the Pfizer vaccine will go to the federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program. Vaccinations under the program started in Texas last week and, according to the CDC, will serve staff and residents at 770 long-term-care facilities in the next week.

The CDC will also deliver 224,250 second doses to the providers who received vaccine the week of Dec. 14 to complete the series for the people that were vaccinated in the first week of vaccine distribution.

Texas has been allocated about 1.5 million first doses through the first four weeks of vaccine distribution, and vaccine will have reached providers in a total of 214 counties by the end of the week. DSHS has posted a vaccine provider location map that will be updated frequently. A list of providers that will be receiving vaccine this week is available at www.dshs.texas.gov/news/updates/COVIDVaccineAllocation-Week4.pdf.

DSHS says they encourage providers to rapidly vaccinate priority populations against COVID-19 and promptly report doses administered in ImmTrac2, the state’s immunization registry. While the supply of vaccine is still limited, additional allocations of vaccine will be received each week.

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