Texas to Receive More Than 1 Million Additional First Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine

The doses come as the state health department prepares to advance into the next phase of vaccine allocation

Lucy Nicholson | Reuters

Texas is preparing to receive one million additional first doses of COVID-19 vaccine in the coming week as the state makes all adults eligible for the vaccination beginning Monday.

The Texas Department of State Health Services will allocate 818,410 doses across 779 providers in 202 counties and the federal government is expected to send another 200,000 doses to pharmacy locations and federally qualified health centers.

The health department is also ordering 587,950 second doses for people who are expecting to get their second shot in the coming weeks.

Want to Get on a Vaccine Waitlist?

County health departments have launched waitlists for adults 16 years old and over.

You can register to recieve the vaccination in Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties. Links are below:

Waitlist Links: Collin - Search Waitlist | Dallas | Denton | Tarrant

You do not need to be a resident of the county to register for a COVID-19 vaccine in that county -- registration is open to anyone in Texas. For those without internet access, Tarrant County is also taking registrations by phone at 817-248-6299. In Dallas County, call the DCHHS vaccine hotline at 1-855-IMMUNE9 (1-855-466-8639). In Denton County, call 940-349-2585.

For a more detailed breakdown of who is included in each priority group in Texas, see this page from the Texas DSHS.

Texas vaccination numbers have continued to climb with more than 10 million doses administered, 1.2 million of which were given last week, the health department said.

Of the 10 million, 6.8 million people have gotten their first dose and 3.5 million are fully vaccinated.

Among Texas seniors, six in 10 have received the first dose and four in 10are fully vaccinated.

According to the health department, 30% of Texas residents have now received at least one dose.

For more information about vaccinations in Texas, visit the Department of State Health website.

COVID-19 Vaccines

In Texas, the COVID-19 vaccines are currently available to anyone over the age of 5. The vaccines are still not approved for children younger than 5 however -- those trials are ongoing.

Once vaccinated, people who received either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines are expected to get some level of protection within a couple of weeks after the first shot, but full protection may not happen until a couple of weeks after the second shot. For those who receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine -- there is only one shot needed.

As of Jan. 3, 2022, it is also recommended those who are age 12 and up and who have been fully vaccinated receive a booster as early as five months after their last dose, for a total of three shots. The vaccine made by Pfizer and its partner BioNTech is the only U.S. option for children of any age.

As for even younger children, kid-size doses for 5- to 11-year-olds rolled out in November and experts said healthy youngsters should be protected after their second dose for a while. But the FDA also said on Jan. 3, 2022, that if children that young have severely weakened immune systems, they will be allowed a third dose 28 days after their second. That’s the same third-dose timing already recommended for immune-compromised teens and adults.

Pfizer and Moderna are studying their vaccines, in even smaller doses, for children younger than 5.

Even when fully vaccinated, it's still possible to become infected by the virus since none of the vaccines offer 100% protection from infection. With that in mind, even if you've been vaccinated it's still a good idea to wear a mask and keep some separation between strangers or those whose vaccination status is unclear.

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