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Jan 19

January 19, 2021 TML Coronavirus Update #166

Posted on January 19, 2021 at 2:46 PM by TML Staff

Urgent Updates


Who can get the vaccine right now?


According to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), front-line healthcare workers and residents at long-term care facilities (called Phase 1A) are eligible now. In addition, anyone over 65 and those over 16 with a chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 (called Phase 1B) are currently eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.


The eligible medical conditions include, but aren’t limited to:



-Chronic kidney disease

-COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)

-Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies

-Solid organ transplantation

-Obesity and severe obesity (body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher)


-Sickle cell disease

-Type 2 diabetes mellitus


Future phases will be announced in the coming months. 


What’s the latest news on vaccine distribution?


On Saturday (January 16) the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) announced that Texas will receive 333,650 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine next week.


“The 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 all 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.”


The doses will be shipped to 77 hub providers that will focus on large community vaccination efforts and 183 additional providers. Eligible citizens should first try to contact their hub provider. Another way to search is using the DSHS interactive map. The map leads you to additional local vaccine providers, like pharmacies, that may have the vaccine available. 


How can my city help spread the word about vaccinations in Texas?


DSHS has created a web page with videos, social media posts, and other information that a city can disseminate.


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.