On Dec. 21, 2020 the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) announced Phase 1B that will provide a vaccine to high-risk individuals next in the distribution process for the state. This phase has been added to the agency's First Tier distribution process that was approved Dec. 4, 2020. DSHS announced individuals who meet the below Phase 1B criteria can receive a vaccination in the coming weeks, dependent on the state's vaccine availability.
Individuals who meet the Phase 1B criteria are encouraged to speak with their primary care physician or view the additional resources links list below.
The DSHS serves as the lead agency in the COVID-19 vaccine distribution for Texas. In doing so, the state agency appointed experts into the COVID-19 Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel (EVAP) to develop vaccine distribution strategies with the Texas Commissioner of Health for approval. This month, the DSHS approved a vaccine distribution two-tier process shown below.
Additionally, the state's vaccine distribution plans will follow the U.S. government's Operation Warp Speed process, which includes vaccines approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).
As of Dec. 4, 2020 the DSHS approved a vaccine distribution two-tier process shown below.