The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) just announced that beginning Monday, March 29, all adults in Texas will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
The newest announcement is the latest sign that a robust federal push to vaccinate Americans against COVID-19 is reaching a new peak, even in Texas. According to Texas DSHS three million Texans are fully vaccinated, and six million have received at least one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
The new directive does stipulate that vaccine providers should still prioritize Texans that are most at risk for hospitalization and death from COVID-19.
Texas DSHS also announced that next week they would be launching a statewide registration website for Texans to register for the vaccine. They will also roll out a toll-free number for public health clinics that will be administering the vaccine.
While the latest news on vaccine acceleration in Texas is encouraging, there are still troubling discrepancies about vaccine distribution to Black and Brown Texans.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began a year ago, over 47,000 Texans have died from COVID-19.
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A longtime writer and journalist, Jessica was thrilled to join the Texas Signal where she could utilize her unique perspective on politics and culture. As the Features and Opinion Editor, she is responsible for coordinating editorials and segments from diverse authors. She is also the host of the podcast the Tex Mix, as well as the co-host for the weekly SignalCast. Jessica attended Harvard College, is a onetime fitness blogger, and has now transitioned to recreational runner (for which her joints are thankful).