COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine Response and Coordination Update (1)


Vaccine Information

As of December 17, 2020, two COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Vaccine will be shipped directly to enrolled COVID-19 vaccine provides as allocated by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

Who is eligible_


View additional information regarding Phase 1A/1B individuals on the Texas Department of State Health Services websiteFor more helpful vaccine information, check out the Texas DSHS COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ webpage. The FAQ is divided into categories and includes basic vaccine information, planning and distribution, effectiveness, safety, and more.

Ellis County COVID-19 Vaccine Registration

On Friday, January 8, County Judge Todd Little and Ellis County Municipal Leadership issued a letter to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Public Health Region 

⅔ regarding additional COVID-19 vaccine allotment for Ellis County. 


Ellis and Tarrant County have established a partnership to allow Ellis County residents who qualify under distribution phase 1A (vaccinate health care workers) and 1B (people who are 65 and older and those who have a medical condition that increases their risk of severe disease or death) to be eligible to register in Tarrant County for a COVID-19 vaccination. 

 

Ellis County residents in qualifying groups 1A and 1B may now register for a COVID-19 vaccine 


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County and City officials are currently working closely with the State of Texas to develop an ELLIS COUNTY VACCINATION HUB to administer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to the community. 


State to Provide COVID-19 Vaccine for Large Vaccination Hubs 

January 7, 2021 - Next week, Texas will direct most of the COVID-19 vaccine received from the federal government to large providers who can vaccinate a total of more than 100,000 people. Additional vaccine will be distributed to smaller providers in other parts of the state.

As the vaccination effort continues to expand to people who are at a greater risk of hospitalization and death, in addition to front-line health care workers, these vaccination hubs will provide people in those priority populations with identifiable sites where vaccination is occurring and a simpler way to sign-up for an appointment with each provider.

Providers that receive the larger amounts of vaccine will vaccinate health care workers, people who are 65 and older, and those who have a medical condition that increases their risk of severe disease or death. They also agree to provide a registration phone number and website and focus on areas and populations hardest hit by COVID-19 while vaccinating people from surrounding areas. 

The Texas Department of State Health Services surveyed vaccine providers about their capacity to operate large, community vaccination sites the week of January 11 and will publish a list of vaccine hub providers later this week once vaccine allocation is finalized. 

Large and small sites around Texas will receive a total of about 200,000 doses of vaccine next week. That will be the last week the state is required to reserve doses to vaccinate residents and staff of long-term care facilities under the federal pharmacy-LTC partnership, freeing up more vaccine for use in other settings in the future.

Vaccine remains limited based on the capacity of the manufacturers to produce it, so it will take time for Texas to receive enough vaccine for the people in the priority populations who want to be vaccinated. The supply is expected to increase in the coming months, and additional vaccines are in clinical trials and may be authorized by the Food and Drug Administration. Providers should use all doses allocated to administer the first dose of vaccine to people. There is no need to reserve shots for a second dose because they will get a matching number of doses for that at the appropriate time.

People can find more information on COVID-19 vaccine and its availability at dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine.aspx.

Ellis County entities can become distributors of the COVID-19 vaccination. To enroll with DSHS to become a vaccine provider. Once approved byDSHS, the provider will be allotted a limited amount of vaccinations to be distributed to those that fall within the category eligible to receive vaccinations. Those seeking to receive vaccinations will need to coordinate with their local doctor or pharmacy.


Texas Department of State Health Services - COVID 19 Vaccination Distribution Phases:

  • Phase 1 (Late November 2020 - December 2020): Limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses available.

    • McKesson (the logistic provider) will direct ship vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna) to registered providers serving healthcare workers, critical infrastructure/essential workers, and other prioritized populations based upon the DSHS Commissioner's approval in accordance with CDC and ACIP recommendations.

    • Occupational healthcare settings, existing vaccinators serving closed settings will be the primary administrators of vaccines.

    • Some large chains enrolled directly by CDC to serve some targeted populations (long-term care facilities).

    • Continue ongoing provider recruitment and registration to ensure access to vaccination.

  • Phase 2 (January 2021-July 2021): Increased number of vaccine doses available.

    • McKesson will continue to distribute vaccine and ancillary supplies directly to providers.

    • Emphasis on ensuring access to vaccine for members of Phase 1 critical populations who were not yet vaccinated as well as for the general population; expand provider network.

    • Texas will use specialized vaccine teams, as needed, to vaccinate identified critical groups lacking access to the vaccine (e.g., Long-term care facilities, rural communities, etc).

  • Phase 3 (July 2021 -October 2021): Sufficient supply of vaccine dose for entire population.

    • DSHS will focus on ensuring equitable vaccination access across the entire population. Monitor vaccine uptake and coverage; reassess strategy to increase uptake in populations or communities with low coverage.

    • May consider extending the use of vaccine teams depending on the uptake and coverage received so far, especially to ensure second doses are administered from the end of Phase 2.

  • Phase 4 (October 2021 and forward) Sufficient supply of vaccine with a decreased need due to most of the population being vaccinated previously.

    • May include boosters or annual vaccines if required.

Vaccine availability open throughout private providers. Population able to visit provider of choice.

 

 

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