COVID-19 Vaccines Can Be Administered Up to Six Weeks After First

The information below is current as of Jan. 25, 2021.    

Distribution and Prioritization 

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) hosts weekly meetings of the Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel (EVAP). Find details below, and check this DSHS webpage for updates.  

  • Second Doses Can Be Administered Up to Six Weeks Later, CDC Says: Although patients should receive a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine within the recommended time frame (three weeks for Pfizer/BioNTech and one month for Moderna), vaccines may be scheduled for administration up to six weeks (42 days) after the first dose, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently said. “If the second dose is administered beyond these [recommended] intervals, there is no need to restart the series.” Read more information.
  • Pfizer/BioNTech Vials Contain Six Doses, FDA Says: One vial of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine contains six doses of 0.3 milliliters, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in an updated fact sheet. The revision “supersedes” information stated on vial labels and cartons "that after dilution, a vial contains 5 doses of 0.3 mL,” FDA said.  Read the updated dilution and dose preparation instructions.
  • More Vaccine Doses Coming to Texas: Another 332,750 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be delivered to 212 facilities across Texas this week, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) said. “That includes 82 hub providers that will focus on larger community vaccination efforts.” The state also has ordered 216,350 doses intended as the second dose, DSHS said. Read more information.
  • CDC Updates Interim Clinical Considerations for Vaccines: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week revised its recommendations on several vaccine issues, including interchangeability of vaccine products, language on vaccination of people with a history of SARS-CoV-2 infection, and recommendations for people with a history of dermal fillers. Read more information.
  • This Is Our Shot to Promote Vaccine Safety: To help counter public hesitancy about the COVID-19 vaccine, you are encouraged to participate in the nationwide #ThisIsOurShot grassroots social media campaign. To participate, post “vaccine selfies” using #ThisIsOurShot on your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. Find template scripts online.  

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January 25, 2021

Originally Published On

January 25, 2021

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