Texas to open COVID-19 vaccination to all adults March 29

Published on March 23, 2021

a person getting vaccinated

All adults will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas beginning March 29.

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 people in the current priority groups. The state’s Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel recommended opening vaccination to everyone who falls under the current U.S. Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorizations to protect as many Texans 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 the most at risk of severe disease, hospitalization and death – such as older adults.”

The state has directed vaccine providers to prioritize people 80 years old or older when scheduling appointments and to accommodate anyone in that age group who arrives for vaccination, whether or not they have an appointment, by immediately moving them to the front of the line.

Also next week, DSHS will launch a website to allow people to register for a shot through some 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. People can continue to find additional providers though the Vaccine Information page

Online registration will be the best option for most people. For those for whom that is not an option, DSHS will launch a toll-free number to provide assistance making an appointment with a participating provider or locating another provider that has vaccine available.

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. Most vaccines are authorized for people 18 years old and older; the FDA has authorized the Pfizer vaccine for use in people 16 and older.

Get registered in Tarrant County

Tarrant County Public Health maintains an online portal that allows eligible residents to easily register for a no-cost vaccine for residents with or without health insurance. Tarrant County Public Health will send an email, text message or phone message regarding upcoming appointments.

Residents are encouraged to preregister on the website now so that Tarrant County and its partners can better plan for and distribute the vaccine. People who show up without having used the online portal to make an appointment will be turned away.

Find a list of other vaccination locations throughout the state.

Learn more about the vaccine process in Tarrant County. The City of Fort Worth website provides additional information about the vaccination process and other providers in the community.

 

Photo: Nearly 10 million COVID-19 doses have been administered in Texas.

 

 

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