Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) urged state health officials and hospitals to expedite the distribution of their COVID-19 vaccine supply in response to a letter from the state health commissioner stating that most of the state’s supply is still to be managed.
Abbott wrote in a tweet on Tuesday that many doses of the vaccine are still “sit on the shelves of the hospital and not handed over to vulnerable Texans, which is unacceptable”, adding that Texas The state “urges vaccine providers to provide all vaccines quickly.”
He said: “We have more income every week.”
Most of the vaccines distributed in Texas may sit on hospital shelves instead of being handed to vulnerable Texans
The state urged vaccine providers to provide all vaccines quickly.We can get more every week
Always voluntary https://t.co/jjY0jbEMsx
-Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) December 29, 2020
His tweet was in response to a letter issued by John Hellerstedt, the state health commissioner of the state emergency management department, who wrote this week that the state’s vaccine supply is an “important part” Not yet assigned.
Hellerstedt continued: “We also know that the vaccines on the shelves every day are another day to prolong the pandemic. The pandemic is a pandemic that hinders the state’s economy and lifestyle.” So we ask you to take the initiative. Act proactively and manage all vaccine doses you have received. “
. @TexasDSHS instructs all entities that have received the #COVID19 vaccine to urgently vaccinate all individuals who are willing to stage 1A and then 1B.
“…We instruct all entities that have allocated vaccines to manage their full distribution at all intentional speeds.” pic.twitter.com/98JqrzvvzK
—Texas Department of Emergency Management (@TDEM) December 24, 2020
The COVID-19 outbreak in Texas continues to worsen. State officials reported 26,990 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, which is the highest single-day total recorded in the state so far, and also set a record for a single-day hospitalization for the virus.
Health experts have warned that the nation’s hospital system may be under pressure in the coming weeks due to the surge in COVID-19 infections caused by the holiday season.