Initial Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine Will Arrive in Texas Soon
Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on Wednesday (December 2nd) that the first round of COVID-19 vaccines will be coming to the state very soon.
According to a press release from Governor Abbott, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has made an initial allotment of over 1.4 million doses of the vaccine for Texas this month.
The vaccine should start arriving the week of December 14th. According to the Governor's Office, additional allotments may be made later this month. It's also expected that more doses of the vaccine will be sent to Texas in January and in the months that follow.
"The State of Texas is already prepared for the arrival of a COVID-19 vaccine, and will swiftly distribute these vaccines to Texans who voluntarily choose to be immunized," said Governor Abbott in the release. "As we await the first shipment of these vaccines, we will work with communities to mitigate the spread of COVID-19."
While initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will begin to arrive this month, most Texans will not be vaccinated for a while.
According to the state's COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan, health care workers and frontline workers will be the first to be vaccinated. Vulnerable populations would then be offered the vaccine, according to the plan put forward by the State of Texas.
News of the vaccine comes as coronavirus cases in Lubbock and across Texas continue to increase, and more hospital regions are getting closer to that 15 percent threshold of COVID-19 patients in hospitals. With holiday travel, experts believe cases will only increase over the next week.