Every adult in Texas will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine starting on Monday, March 29th. Health officials expect vaccines supplies from the CDC will increase significantly over the next month.
In a release today, The Texas Department of State Health Services says they expect vaccine supplies to increase next week.
"It just makes sense as we continue to see the vaccine supply ramping up...at least that's what our federal partners are telling us...that it's time to continue to expand and make sure that we keep this momentum going," said Chris Van Deusen with the Texas Department of State Health Services.
"We continue to see vaccination drive down hospitalizations and deaths. We really want to keep this momentum going, especially because we do continue to see the variant cases circulate in Texas that can be transmitted more easily...and the vaccine is our best defense against those."
The state will also provide information on its website to make it easy to locate vaccine providers with available doses.
Local officials in north Texas are applauding the decision to allow people age 16 and older to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
"It comes at a perfect time because we have less than 10,000 people left on our vaccine waiting list," said Denton County Judge Andy Eads. "
Adding these new people to the list...they can enroll right now, we'll be happy to get them on our list and get them vaccinated, maybe as soon as next week."
The President of the DFW Hospital Council is urging people to sign up for the vaccine with their local county health department.
"Get registered, and the first vaccine you're offered - put it in your arm," said Stephen Love. "I think this is just remarkable that all adults before the end of March of 2021 are going to be eligible for this. This is fantastic, because the more people we vaccinate the closer we get to herd immunity."
To date, Texas has administered more than 9.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
Vaccine providers are to continue to prioritize people who are the most at risk of severe disease, hospitalization and death – such as older adults, according to the DSHS.