DSHS says Texas will be shifting from vaccine allocation to vaccine ordering

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FILE – Registered nurse Allison Miller administers one of the first Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccinations at UW Medicine Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, in Seattle. Several states have been told to expect far fewer doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in its second week of distribution, but the reason remains a mystery as the company said Thursday, Dec. 17, that its production expectations remain unchanged.(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

ODESSA, Texas (Nexstar) – Remember when the vaccinations first rolled out in Texas, many scheduled appointments, woke up early and waited in line for multiple hours.

Well, now that days and months have gone by and more than 11.3 million people have received at least one dose and over 8.3 million are now fully vaccinated, there are no longer long waiting lines and scheduled appointments needed to get the COVID-19 vaccination the Texas Department of State Health has decided to not give COVID-19 vaccines to providers on a weekly basis.

Instead, DSHS will only fill vaccine orders from providers only as they come in and ship from DSHS pharamacy.

“This is a big step in vaccine distribution,” said Imelda Garcia, DSHS associate commissioner for laboratory and infectious disease services. “The ability to ship vaccine to pharmacies, doctors’ offices, and other providers as they need it will go a long way to making sure it is available when and where Texans want to be vaccinated.”

The main goal for the switch is convenience in getting the next group of Texans vaccinated.

According to a press release, providers no longer need to use every dose in the week that they receive but instead store it under conditions that will create long shelf life.

DSHS is still working with existing providers along with employers and community organizations to make sure the vaccination process is as easy as possible.

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