Gov. Abbott announces that 1.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be given to Texas in December

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In this July 27, 2020, file photo, nurse Kathe Olmstead prepares a shot that is part of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., in Binghamton, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)

AUSTIN — Governor Greg Abbott announced Wednesday that over 1.4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines would be allotted to Texas by the Centers for Disease Control for the month of December.

According to a release, the vaccines should begin arriving December 14, and will be distributed to qualifying providers across the state. A distribution plan announced on November 23 by the state said initial vaccine distribution would be concentrated on protecting health care workers, frontline workers, vulnerable populations and various other groups.

The release also stated that increased allotments were expected in January 2021 and in the following months.

“The State of Texas is already prepared for the arrival of a COVID-19 vaccine, and will swiftly distribute these vaccines to Texans who voluntarily choose to be immunized,” Governor Abbott said.

It was said during a virtual City of Lubbock press conference that University Medical Center plans to begin distributing vaccines on December 14.

Read the full release by the Office of Governor Greg Abbott below:

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has made an initial allotment of over 1.4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines to the State of Texas for the month of December. These vaccines, which should begin arriving in Texas the week of December 14th, will be distributed to qualifying providers across the state who will administer these immunizations based on the Vaccine Distribution Principles developed by the state’s Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel. Additional allotments may be made later this month for December. Also, increased allotments are expected in January and the following months.

“The State of Texas is already prepared for the arrival of a COVID-19 vaccine, and will swiftly distribute these vaccines to Texans who voluntarily choose to be immunized,” said Governor Abbott. “As we await the first shipment of these vaccines, we will work with communities to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”

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