SAN ANTONIO – Additional shipments of the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will head out to hundreds of pharmacies, clinics and hospitals throughout Texas this week, including 5,650 doses in 31 facilities in Bexar County.
In week four of the vaccine rollout intended to curb the spread of the coronavirus, more than 200,000 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will ship to more than 949 providers in 158 Texas counties, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
That will include 167,300 doses of the Moderna vaccine and 37,050 doses of the Pfizer vaccine.
San Antonio facilities that are set to receive the shipments include bigger hospitals like University Health, Christus Santa Rosa Medical Center and Kindred Hospital San Antonio, as well as smaller clinics like the Emergency Clinic at the Pearl.
Other nearby counties receiving vaccine doses include four facilities in Comal, three facilities in Frio, eight facilities in Guadalupe, five facilities in Karnes and three facilities in Uvalde.
See the Week 4 vaccine allotments below:
Lara Anton, a press officer with the state’s health department, told KSAT that providers have been told they could inoculate healthcare workers, known as Phase 1A, and people with underlying medical conditions, or Phase 1B, if the vaccine is available.
“We have directed providers to use all of their vaccine supply each week,” she said.
More than 944,000 vaccines have already been shipped to providers in Texas and only 414,200 have been administered as of Tuesday, data from the state health department shows.
Week 4′s allotments do not include doses going to federal pharmacies or long-term health care facilities.
The state health department said another 121,875 doses of the Pfizer vaccine will head to 770 long-term health care facilities in Texas this week.
CVS, Walgreens and other pharmacies in the Managed Health Care Associates, Inc. will inoculate patients and staff in these facilities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaccinations at long-term health care facilities in this state began last week.
The CDC will also ship out another 224,250 doses for healthcare workers who need their second dose, as the vaccines are two-shot regimens. These are for people who received their first dose on the week of Dec. 14, the state health department states.
The new doses will arrive amid ever-growing COVID-19 concerns in Texas — and across the country.
On Monday, Texas was on the brink of surpassing 13,000 patients hospitalized with COVID-19. The state has set new records for hospitalized COVID-19 patients seven times in the past eight days.
Nearly 16,000 new cases were reported Monday, with a surge still expected following Christmas and New Year gatherings.
The state’s seven-day average positivity rate has exceeded 20%.