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February 23, 2021 TML Coronavirus Update #173

Posted on February 23, 2021 at 3:23 PM by TML Staff

Urgent Updates


Did winter storm Uri affect COVID-19 vaccine distributions in Texas?


Yes. According to The Texas Tribune, “this week’s storm delayed the delivery of hundreds of thousands of doses that were scheduled to arrive, preventing what might have been 1 million injections by hundreds of providers this week.”


But the good news, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), is that almost 600,000 first doses of the vaccine will arrive this week. The vaccines will be shipped to 563 providers in 230 counties across Texas, including 84,240 doses for large vaccine clinics in Harris, Dallas, and Tarrant counties supported by the federal government, according to DSHS.


The state will also order about 360,000 to be used as second doses for people who are already vaccinated, especially those whose appointments were delayed by the winter storm, DSHS said in a news release.


What’s the latest regarding future stimulus legislation?


The new stimulus bill, called the “American Rescue Plan Act of 2021,” is moving through the United States House of Representatives. 


As of today (February 23), the bill’s general interest provisions would include a third stimulus check for up to $1,400, potentially extend federal unemployment aid through August, and fund further vaccine distribution. 


The following explanatory documents for the current version of the bill are of particular interest to city officials:


-The House Oversight Committee’s Section-by-Section bill analysis.

-A one-pager explaining the bill’s local government aid provisions.

-An allocations spreadsheet in Excel formatThis spreadsheet shows the estimated allocation to every city in Texas. (Larger, CDBG entitlement cities receive funds through that program, whereas the remaining cities can look to find their expected allocations, which are population based.  

-A reference guide to the local aid in the bill.


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.