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December 15, 2020 TML Coronavirus Update #158

Posted on December 15, 2020 at 3:19 PM by TML Staff

Urgent Updates


How can residents of some long-term care facilities receive vaccines?


On December 11, the Governor announced a new program, the Pharmacy Partnership for Long Term Care Program, that will allow participating Walgreens and CVS stores to send staff and vaccines to facilities free of charge. There is information toward the end of the link that explains how to get stores signed up for the program.


What’s the latest on vaccine distribution generally?


As outlined in this piece from The Texas Tribune, four Texas sites received a total of 19,500 vaccines yesterday, with close to a quarter million more this week being directed to 109 different facilities. 


It is still unclear whether there are any payment expectations that will trickle down to Texas cities, though the League is making numerous inquiries about these issues with no clear guidance so far (perhaps no news is good news). Any member city that receives a request for funding participation from any state agency should email us for follow up: Suffice it to say, the vaccine rollout is somewhat chaotic.


How are sales taxes holding up during Coronavirus?


Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced that December sales tax distributions to local governments (cities, counties, transit systems, and special districts) were down 3.7 percent from December 2019.  Cities did a little better (down 2.5 percent) than the larger local government cohort.


By the way, the League wants to thank Deputy Comptroller Lisa Craven from Comptroller Hegar’s office for briefing attendees on the state of Texas’ economy during the League’s Economic Development Conference last week. 


Further Updates


Where can I find archived issues of the TML Coronavirus Updates?


TML Coronavirus Updates are archived by date here and by subject here.