In a letter from the Texas Department of Health Services, hospitals and other institutions receiving the COVID-19 vaccine are reminded to manage all their funding at “all deliberate speed.”
The letter from Texas DSHS Commissioner Dr. John Hellerstedt noted that there may be “unnecessary delays” in managing all allocated vaccines and reporting these doses to the state’s immunization registry, ImmTrac2.
“The purpose of this letter is to reiterate that we instruct all entities that have allocated vaccines to manage their full distribution at all deliberate speeds. Remember that more vaccines will be available in the coming days, weeks and months. It̵
“Based on the data reported to ImmTrac2, it is clear that most of the vaccines in Texas may not have been vaccinated. We know you have a valid reason for this to happen-but we also know that the vaccines on the shelf every day are Prolong another day of the pandemic, which will hinder the state’s economy and lifestyle,” he added. .
This letter continues to urge timeliness and a sense of urgency, especially because it concerns those who are willing to obtain vaccines and are qualified to do so. In Texas, those in Phase 1A and Phase 1B will be set to accept the first one.
Stage 1A includes medical staff and emergency personnel, while stage 1B is for people over 65. Stage 1B also includes people over 16 years of age who have at least one chronic disease. These people will be at increased risk of serious illness due to infection with the virus that causes COVID-19.
“Before starting 1B vaccination, there is no need to make sure that all of your group 1A vaccines have been vaccinated. If, under a given situation, services have been provided to all readily available and willing 1A and 1B personnel, we urge you Adjust the focus again, and provide vaccines to any other available and willing personnel, regardless of their priority. Every shot is important,” Hellerstein wrote.
In Decatur’s Wise Health System, the hospital reported a total of 1,165 doses administered within 6 days.
“We did not expect the process of being able to provide vaccines to as many first responders or even the public as possible, but by adding additional doses to the vials, we can help protect communities outside of our hospitals. Read the update on Facebook. “We I know that clinics over 65 are not doing well. It was decided to provide the vaccine to this critical age group on Tuesday morning and implement it in less than 24 hours. “
According to Wise Health System data, they are the only rural hospital in Texas that has been vaccinated so far.
“We are grateful for this opportunity and hope that we will receive more doses in the future. Moreover, we hope that we will have more time to plan and have more space to accommodate the clinic. If/when will we receive more vaccines , We will continue to communicate through Facebook.”
Dr. Meenakshi Ramanathan, assistant professor of pharmacotherapy at the University of North Texas Health Sciences University in Fort Worth, said the data on Pfizer and Moderna vaccines seem promising. However, it takes time and cooperation to be effective.
Ramanathan pointed to the medical victories brought about by the pandemic, as well as challenges such as virtual learning.
Ramanathan said: “Whether they are college students or K-12 elementary school students, students are working hard on distance learning.” “In order for us to face the vaccine in person and get immunized, about 70% of people need to be vaccinated.”
Hellerstedt’s letter goes on to say that the entity knows its own situation best, so DSHS requires that “you take the initiative and actively manage all vaccines you have received”.
Hellerstedt added that they hope that the dose of each drug and the assured treatment are in progress.
For more information on the Texas vaccine distribution plan, click here.
A copy of Hellerstedt’s letter is as follows: