Vaccine

This week is expected to be another big week for COVID-19 vaccinations.

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) announced Friday that 620,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines will be distributed this week to more than 1,100 providers in 185 counties across Texas.

The CDC will deliver 460,500 doses of the vaccine manufactured by Moderna and 159,900 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to continue to vaccinate front-line health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities.

“Our state will be receiving allocations of a second vaccine able to protect Texans from COVID-19,” said Dr. John Hellerstedt, DSHS commissioner. “Adding the Moderna vaccine will dramatically increase the amount of vaccine that can go to rural areas and smaller providers because it ships in smaller quantities and can be stored longer at regular refrigerator temperatures. Both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are safe and effective – both can confer protection against COVID-19, regardless of which vaccine you receive.”

The Moderna vaccine, which gained emergency use authorization (EUA) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over the weekend, is expected to arrive in Texas on Monday at providers like hospitals, freestanding ERs, EMS providers, pharmacies, local health departments, health centers and other clinics. DSHS encourages providers that have received vaccine to partner with other health care facilities and workers in the area to maximize vaccination.

Among the local locations expected to receive doses are the fire departments in Allen, Frisco, McKinney and Flower Mound, Baylor Scott & White hospitals in Plano, Frisco and McKinney, Medical City of Lewisville and more.

Most of the Pfizer vaccine, 124,800 doses, will go to the federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program. Vaccination under the program is expected to begin Dec. 28 in Texas. The remaining doses will be distributed to 29 hospitals that received Pfizer doses this week to continue vaccinating health care workers.

Most vaccine for this week is expected to arrive before the Christmas holiday, but with a much larger number of shipments and the short week, some may arrive early the following week, depending on federal shipping timelines.

Last week, 224,250 doses of the Pfizer vaccine were delivered to 110 large providers to begin vaccinating health care workers.

A list of locations expected to receive the vaccines can be found here.

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