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
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.
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.
Find out more:
Map of vaccination providers