TEXAS: The state of Texas is expanding its number of coronavirus vaccine hubs from 28 to 79, including 15 in North Texas.
The Texas Department of State Health Services directed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ship large quantities of the first doses of the vaccine to the 79 providers said Texas Department of State Health Services.
According to DSHS, Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas County Health and Human Services, Parkland Hospital, UT Southwestern Medical Center and the city of Garland Health Department will be the five hubs.
Garland City Council Member Deborah Morris sent an open letter to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and the president of Parkland Hospital, communicating disappointment about how vaccines had been distributed hitherto in Dallas County.
Morris wrote, “I understand the noble intention of drawing in more residents from underserved areas, but fail to understand either the secrecy involved or the rationale behind defining Dallas County’s underserved population as residing solely in South Dallas. My district includes some of the oldest and most disadvantaged neighborhoods
After it did not have a vaccine center a week ago, Collin County will have four hubs: Collin County Health Care Services, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center Plano, and the Allen and McKinney fire departments.
Tarrant County will have three vaccine hubs: the Arlington Fire Department, Tarrant County Public Health, and Texas Health Medical Support.
Denton County Public Health will be the sole hub in Denton County, while Fannin and Parker counties will each set up their first hubs. The Parker County Hospital District and TMC Bonham Hospital will each get huge quantities of the vaccine.
According to Texas DSHS, the number of doses each hub gets will be based on the number of people each provider estimated it could vaccinate in a week.