October 19, 2020      4:56 PM
State COVID-19 vaccine plan suggests first doses could arrive this year
Key questions remain: “We don’t know when vaccines will arrive. We don’t know which vaccines will arrive. We don’t know how much of any given vaccine will arrive,” Commissioner Hellerstedt said.
The Department of
State Health Services expects to spend at least a year directly
overseeing a multi-phase rollout of COVID-19 vaccine distribution, if and when one becomes widely available.
The Centers for
Disease Control is requiring every state to file a vaccine distribution
plan. This afternoon, Commissioner John Hellerstedt
and Associate Commissioner Imelda Garcia presented a broad overview of the
Texas plan to the newly reconstituted Task Force on Infectious
Disease Preparedness and Response, which was originally formed to
address Ebola in 2014.
Vaccine allocation will be
a complex and demanding task, Hellerstedt told the
group, which includes both health professionals and agency heads.
By Kimberly Reeves