Texas will receive record 2.5M COVID-19 vaccine doses next week

A medical tray holds syringes with the vaccine on the first day of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine being made available to residents at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles Thursday, March 11, 2021. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is highlighting the new the one-dose Janssen COVID-19 vaccine by Johnson & Johnson. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) (Damian Dovarganes, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Texas will receive more than 2.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine next week, a record number of doses state health officials said Friday.

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, the state will distribute more than 1,094,920 first doses and 626,290 second doses to 2,011 providers in 200 of the state’s counties. The federal government will send more than 900,000 additional first and second doses directly to pharmacies and federally-qualified health centers.

As of Friday, Texas providers have administered more than 11.8 million doses of the vaccine, 1.8 million of those administered within the last week. Nearly 7.8 million people have received at least one dose, and more than 4.3 million are fully vaccinated.

More than two-thirds of Texans 65 and older have received at least one dose, and nearly half are now fully vaccinated.

All in all, more than one-third of all Texans 16 and older have received a dose and nearly one in five are fully vaccinated.

As of this week, all Texans 16 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

This week, DSHS launched the Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler at getthevaccine.dshs.texas.gov, which allows Texans to register for a vaccine appointment from a participating public health entity such as DSHS and some local health departments.

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Briana Zamora-Nipper joined the KPRC 2 digital team in 2019. When she’s not hard at work in the KPRC 2 newsroom, you can find Bri drinking away her hard earned wages at JuiceLand, running around Hermann Park, listening to crime podcasts or ransacking the magazine stand at Barnes & Noble.