All Texans 16 and Over Will Be Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccination Beginning March 29
The Texas Department of State Health Services announced Tuesday morning that beginning Monday, March 29, COVID-19 vaccination eligibility will be expanded to include all adults in the Lone Star State.
We reached out to DSHS Press Officer Lara M. Anton, who confirmed that "adult" includes all Texans 16+.
"Please note that only the Pfizer vaccine’s EUA allows it to be administered to people between 16 and 18," Anton added.
DSHS expects the vaccine supply to increase and say there's been enough progress in vaccinating priority groups to accommodate more people interested in receiving a vaccine. Vaccine providers will still be directed to prioritize people age 80+.
Also happening next week, the DSHS will launch a website to allow Texans to register for a vaccine appointment through some public health providers. They say the online scheduling option will work best for most people, but they also want to set up a toll-free number for people who'd like to schedule an appointment over the phone.
So far, DSHS reports that over 9.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Texas, with over 6 million people receiving at least one dose and over 3 million being fully vaccinated.
Personally, I am still waiting to see if this vaccine has any lasting effects before I take the shots, but I encourage anyone who wants to get vaccinated to do so!
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While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.
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