How COVID-19 vaccines will be distributed in Texas

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Pfizer appears to be on track to be the first to offer the COVID-19 vaccine. The company has picked Texas as one of the states to test its distribution.

HOUSTON — Texas Department of State Health Services tells KHOU 11 it’s identified about 20 sites across Texas that will be the first to vaccinate people when the Pfizer vaccine is approved. These are likely to be health care workers.

Pfizer appears to be on track to be the first to offer the COVID-19 vaccine. The company has picked Texas as one of the states to test its distribution.

The vaccine has to be stored at minus 94 degrees Fahrenheit, a challenge Texas says, it’s prepared for.

“We’re definitely ready,” said Imelda Garcia, Associate Commissioner for Laboratory and Infectious Disease Services at DSHS, and the Chair of the COVID-19 Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel at the agency.

The panel is a 17-member group that is developing strategies and plans for vaccine allocation to make recommendations to the Texas Commissioner of Health.

“With the Pfizer vaccine, the plan is to pre-position sites across Texas so that as soon as we do get approval from not only FDA, but also from the CDC ACIPs committee (Advisory …

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