TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Thousands of doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine could be shipped to East Texas hospitals as early as the week of Dec. 14, according to a new report from the Department of State Health Services.
On Friday, DSHS reported they had submitted the first week allocation plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The first allocation is based on vaccine storage capacity at each site, along with the number of health care workers who can be quickly vaccinated.
- UT Health Science Center - 3,900 doses
- Christus Mother Frances - 975 doses
- Christus Good Shepherd - 975 doses
- Longview Regional Medical Center - 975 doses
- Wadley Regional Medical Center - 975 doses
- Christus St. Michael Health System - 975 doses
- Terrell State Hospital - 975 doses
- Hunt Regional Medical Center - 975 doses
The first 224,250 doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be shipped to 109 hospitals in 34 counties as early as the week of Dec. 14, depending on when the vaccine is authorized for use. One dose equals one shot, according to DSHS. The Pfizer vaccines requires two shots, with the second shot coming three weeks after the first. The second doses will be shipped and administered in the following weeks, according to state health officials.
“I don’t have an exact timeframe but yes, the second doses will arrive in time,” said Douglas Loveday, DSHS Press Officer.
The minimum Pfizer vaccine order is 975 doses, which most East Texas hospitals are receiving. More vaccine will be available in the following weeks, including a vaccine from Moderna.
Officials at UT Health Science Center in Tyler have said they have a large freezer capable of storing vaccines that require extremely cold temperatures.