American Heart Assoc.

Texas to open vaccinations to all adults

by | Mar 23, 2021 | Latest

All Texas adults will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning March 29, according to a news release from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

DSHS expects vaccine supplies to increase next week, and providers in multiple parts of the state have made great strides in vaccinating individuals in current priority groups. In response, the state’s Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel recommended opening vaccinations to everyone who falls under the current FDA emergency use authorizations in order to protect as many people as possible.

“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 most at risk of severe disease, hospitalization and death – such as older adults.”

DSHS 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.

DSHS will also launch a website next week allowing people to register for shots through select 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.

DSHS recommends online registration as the best option for most people, however, a toll-free number providing assistance in making appointments will be launched for those whom online registration is not an option.

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.

For additional information, visit the DSHS Vaccine Information page at dshs.texas.gov.covidvaccine.

From Staff Reports • [email protected]

American Heart Assoc.

0 Comments

Related News

Top two will lead FHS Class of 2024

Top two will lead FHS Class of 2024

Farmersville High School’s top two academic finishers are heading in different directions in pursuit of the same goal. They are seeking successful careers in divergent occupations. The FHS Class of 2024 valedictorian is Mariana Arteaga, the daughter of Javier and...

read more
Igniting a new beginning

Igniting a new beginning

One year ago, Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner announced plans to reduce recidivism rates among inmates by offering a program where they can learn better life skills, improve their education and learn a trade. “Too often, we see generations of a family stuck in that...

read more
Homeless count drops in Collin, Dallas Counties

Homeless count drops in Collin, Dallas Counties

Housing Forward and the All Neighbors Coalition announced the third consecutive year of reductions in homelessness in Dallas and Collin counties, including the lowest total number of people experiencing homelessness in nearly a decade. Announced at the State of...

read more
Bois d’ Arc Lake beckons water enthusiasts

Bois d’ Arc Lake beckons water enthusiasts

After 20 years of planning and four years of construction, Texas’ first major reservoir to be built in more than three decades glistens in the sun as a recreational beacon. The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), based in Wylie, owns and operates Bois d’Arc...

read more
Farmersville property values up 2.63% in city

Farmersville property values up 2.63% in city

Once again, Collin County property values are generally higher, according to 2024 certified estimated taxable values released by Collin Central Appraisal District (CCAD). However, the average market value of homes decreased slightly in the city of Farmersville and...

read more
Fire department says no need for alarm

Fire department says no need for alarm

The Farmersville Fire Department has been without its two major pieces of firefighting equipment. Residents, though, shouldn’t worry about whether the city’s emergency response capability has been compromised, according to Fire Chief Gregg Massey. The fire...

read more
School bond passes 2 to 1

School bond passes 2 to 1

Farmersville ISD voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition A, a $98 million bond proposal to expand the district’s facilities. Voters cast ballots in favor of the proposition 774 to 394, with 751 of the total 1,168 votes cast early or by mail. Election day turnout on...

read more
Salsa stroll, market Saturday

Salsa stroll, market Saturday

Downtown Farmersville will be hosting its annual Salsa Stroll one day ahead of Cinco de Mayo. On Saturday, May 4, participating stores around the square will spice up the busy day with salsa samples for guests from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more on this story see the May...

read more
Subscribe 300x250 - Love