“The state of Texas is already prepared for the arrival of a COVID-19 vaccine, and will swiftly distribute these vaccines to Texans who voluntarily choose to be immunized,” Abbott said in a news release. “As we await the first shipment of these vaccines, we will work with communities to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”
The announcement did not say which of the vaccines that at least three pharmaceutical companies have said are 95% effective in preventing the sometimes deadly virus are bound for Texas.
But Abbott’s announcement did say the doses should arrive during the week of Dec. 14 and will be distributed to providers across the state. Providers will follow “Vaccine Distribution Principles” developed by a panel of experts appointed by the state. More doses are expected in January, the governor said.
So far, nearly 1.2 million Texans have tested positive for the virus and nearly 21,550 have died, according to state estimates. About 976,500 of those infected in Texas have recovered.