All adults will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas beginning Monday, March 29, according to a news release from the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS).
Fort Bend County residents can register for a vaccine at fbchealth.org or call (281) 633-7795. Adults 65 and older do not have to wait in line at indoor locations, according to Fort Bend County Health and Human Services (FBCHHS).
“The recent news that the DSHS has authorized all adults in Texas to receive any available vaccine is a game-changer that will help elevate the progress being made in our county toward defeating the coronavirus," Fort Bend County Judge KP George said in a statement. "We are close to 210,000 doses administered by Fort Bend County. I am excited to see these numbers climb higher."
TDSHS officials said they expect vaccine supplies to increase next week. The decision comes a week after the state moved into Phase 1C of its vaccination rollout plan, opening up vaccination clinics to people age 50 and older. Healthcare workers, first responders, school employees and people with preexisting medical conditions are among those who already have been eligible to receive the vaccine.
“We are closing in on 10 million doses administered in Texas, and we want to keep up the momentum as the vaccine supply increases,” Imelda Garcia, TDSHS associate commissioner for laboratory and infectious disease services and the chair of the Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel said in a news release. “As eligibility opens up, we are asking providers to continue to prioritize people who are the most at risk of severe disease, hospitalization and death – such as older adults.”
DSHS is still prioritizing the elderly in its vaccination plan, directing vaccine providers to accommodate people 80 years old or older first when scheduling appointments and immediately moving them to the front of the line even if they show up without an appointment.
DSHS also said it plans to launch a website to allow people to register for a shot through some public health providers, and the public can use it to enroll in the Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler to identify upcoming vaccine clinics hosted by TDSHS or a participating local health department and to be notified when new clinics and appointments become available.
People can continue to find additional providers though the TDSHS Vaccine Information page at dshs.texas.gov/covidvaccine.
For those who do not have the option to register online, TDSHS will launch a toll-free number to provide assistance making an appointment with a participating provider or to aid in locating another provider that has the vaccine available.
As of Monday, Texas has administered more than 9.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine. More than 6 million of those people have received at least one dose and more than 3 million have fully vaccinated, according to TDSHS data.