Texas was one of the first states to fully reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic and now they are leading the way with making COVID-19 vaccines available to a wider group of people.
According to the Dallas Morning News, the state will allow all adults to receive COVID vaccines by the end of March.
“We are closing in on 10 million doses administered in Texas, and we want to keep up the momentum as the vaccine supply increases,” Imelda Garcia, associate commissioner at the Department of State Health Services and the chair of a panel that issues vaccination guidance, said.
“As eligibility opens up, we are asking providers to continue to prioritize people who are the most at risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death – such as older adults.”
The increased eligibility comes shortly after Connecticut announced anyone over the age of 16 can receive a vaccine beginning on April 5.
Let’s hope that more states follow suit sooner rather than later and that the supply of vaccines continues to increase.
The coronavirus originated from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 29.9 million confirmed cases and 543,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.