More Texans now able to get COVID-19 vaccine but supply may be scarce – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

As of this week, some Texans 65 and older or those with underlying health conditions can get a COVID-19 vaccination.

But the supply is limited and you have to call to find a pharmacy or clinic that administers the vaccine.

CLICK HERE for Texas COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Locations

According to the Texas Department of Health Services, people who fall under phase 1B are eligible to receive the vaccine, but it is the choice of individual pharmacies and clinics to determine if they have enough stock. First reactors falling under phase 1A are preferred.

Phase 1B includes:

  • People 65 and older
  • People 16 years and older with at least one chronic medical condition who are at risk for serious diseases caused by the virus that causes COVID-19, such as:
    chronic kidney disease
    COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
    heart disease, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathy
    solid organ transplant
    obesity and severe obesity (body mass index of 30 kg / m2 or higher)
    sickle cell disease
    Type 2 diabetes mellitus

NBC 5 spoke to a couple in their 70s who were able to call around and find a Super 1 Food pharmacy in Seagoville to give vaccines to people 65 and older.

They made an appointment and received a Moderna vaccine on Tuesday morning.

A Texas Department of State Health Services spokesman released the following statement to NBC 5:

We are still in Phase 1A, but we have provided guidance to providers who have vaccinated all willing members of Phase 1A and vaccine is available there. We’ve added a Provider Location Map to our site and we’ve updated our main vaccination information page with information for the public advising them to visit suppliers to see if they have vaccination that can be used to vaccinate people in Phase 1B. The map shows where the vaccine was sent to, but does not indicate whether a vaccine is available for the Phase 1B population. We want to make it clear that people in Phase 1B can go to these providers to see if there is no vaccine available and that they can make an appointment to be vaccinated at that place. We realize that the available supply is limited and that some providers on the card have used all of their allocation. Let your viewers know that Texas will receive more vaccinations each week so people can look at the map weekly for updated information.