Public Meeting on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Set
By Sean Price


The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response will lay out its plans for COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Texas and hear public comments on those plans in a virtual meeting scheduled for next week. 

The meeting, which will be held via Microsoft Teams, is set for 1 pm (CT) Monday, Oct. 19. Sign up to make public comments online or submit written comments via email. The meeting’s agenda is available in the Texas Register

DSHS also plans to introduce the panel of health experts who will allocate COVID-19 vaccines in Texas once they become available, said Imelda Garcia, associate commissioner of laboratory and infectious disease services at DSHS. Panel members are still being selected, but the panel is expected to be complete by Monday, she said. 

Among other things, the panel – which will include Texas physicians – will determine the guiding principles for divvying up COVID-19 vaccines in Texas, she says.           

“We’d like [panel members] to participate in that meeting to hear [public comments] themselves and then for us to refine and make adjustments to what those guiding principles for allocation would be in the coming weeks,” Ms. Garcia told a meeting of the Texas Medical Association’s COVID-19 Task Force on Tuesday. 

You can find more tools, resources, and information on TMA’s COVID-19 Resource Center, which is continually updated.

Last Updated On

October 15, 2020

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Sean Price is a reporter for Texas Medicine and Texas Medicine Today. He grew up in Fort Worth and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. He's worked as an award-winning writer and editor for a variety of national magazine, book, and website publishers in New York and Washington. He's also helped produce Texas-based marketing campaigns designed to promote public health. Sean lives in Austin and enjoys hiking, photography, and spending time with his wife and two sons.

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