Smaller Texas counties ignored of recent vaccine distribution plan


Galveston County leaders aren’t pleased with the state’s new vaccine distribution plan introduced Monday Gov. Greg Abbott.

GALVESTON COUNTY, Texas — Whereas Texas Gov. Greg Abbott touted his new plan to concentrate on giant hubs for COVID-19 vaccine distribution, some smaller counties and rural areas are feeling ignored within the chilly.

Abbott stated 1000’s of vaccine doses will quickly be despatched to 28 hubs, together with some within the Houston space.

However Galveston County leaders and others throughout the state aren’t pleased with the brand new distribution plan.

“This plan will considerably prioritize city areas over suburban and rural communities,” Galveston County stated in a press release.

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For instance, Harris County will get one dose for each 165 residents in comparison with one dose for each 855 residents in Galveston County, the assertion stated.

After the county acquired its first cargo of the Moderna vaccine, appointments for individuals in group 1B rapidly crammed up.

“Neither the College of Texas Medical Department (UTMB) nor the Galveston County Well being District are scheduled to obtain any vaccine doses within the state’s present or subsequent distribution,” the assertion stated.

UTMB introduced Monday it will be pressured to cancel a number of the scheduled vaccinations due to the brand new plan.


UTMB stated it’ll run out of vaccines for first doses Wednesday, Jan. 13. Individuals who have scheduled appointments after Jan. 12, will probably be contacted to reschedule. They’ll be prioritized when extra vaccine doses arrive.

This doesn’t embrace anybody scheduled to obtain second doses. These have already been put aside.

UTMB introduced Monday it will be pressured to cancel a number of the scheduled vaccinations due to the brand new plan.

UTMB stated it’ll run out of vaccines for first doses Wednesday, Jan. 13. Individuals who have scheduled appointments after Jan. 12, will probably be contacted to reschedule. They’ll be prioritized when extra vaccine doses arrive.

This doesn’t embrace anybody scheduled to obtain second doses. These have already been put aside.

County leaders say they’re working with UTMB and native companions to discover different choices to usher in extra vaccines.

Abbott stated vaccine doses will probably be delivered to 206 smaller areas, however did not say the place.





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