HOUSTON – Houston’s chief physician said hospitals will be the first facilities in the area to receive a coronavirus vaccine as soon as it is available locally.
“We will protect healthcare workers, but especially healthcare workers who practice caring for COVID-positive patients,” Dr David Persse said on Monday.
The recordings would also be available in places where you are expected to be vaccinated, such as a doctor’s office or clinic.
“We give priority to communities that are at increased risk and have less access because of all kinds of health inequalities,” Persse said.
Also on Monday, Governor Greg Abbott’s office next to the Texas State Department of Health released a distribution plan that explained who would get the vaccine first.
The list includes health care workers, frontline workers, and vulnerable people who are at higher risk of serious illness and death if COVID-19 is contracted.
Factors such as demography, poverty, insurance status, and geography also play a role in the process, according to the governor’s office.
So how long does the average person have to wait?
“I hear April is a common answer to that question, but I would put a little star on that answer because we have to wait and see how fast it comes out and how fast it is consumed,” Persse said.
While several potential vaccines have reported encouraging results over the past week, the timeline depends on when the federal government approves the vaccination.
Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National Faculty of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, compared efforts to spread the flu vaccine.
“While it will be scary to vaccinate many Americans in a relatively quick period of time, it’s not as if we haven’t done similar things before,” Hotez said.
The health department expects to receive the vaccines from the manufacturer, Persse said.
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