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Texas Department of State Health Services
Special to The Post Dispatch
All adults are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas.
The Texas Department of State Health Services expects vaccine supplies to increase next week. Providers in multiple parts of the state have made great strides in vaccinating people in the current priority groups. The state’s Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel recommended opening vaccination to everyone who falls under the current Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorizations to protect as many Texans as possible.
As of press time, the DSHS reported 591 Garza County residents have been fully vaccinated out of an estimated population (16 years of age and older) of 5,325. In addition, 1,029 residents of Garza County have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The department also reported that the number of doses allocated to Garza County is currently at 2,100. The allocations are updated each Monday with the vaccine shipping throughout the week, so not all doses have arrived at providers.
To date, Texas has administered more than 9.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, equating to more than 6 million people with at least one dose and more than 3 million fully vaccinated. Most vaccines are authorized for people 18 years old and older; the FDA has authorized the Pfizer vaccine for use in people 16 and older.
At press time, DSHS reported Garza County has 396 confirmed cases, 369 recoveries, 22 fatalities and an estimated five active cases.