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Texas: When can you get vaccinated against COVID-19 and what is needed

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After the health workers, phase 1B begins, with people over 65 years of age and people with risk conditions

Since the vaccination program against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) began in Texas, the entity with the second most Latinos in the United States, more than 414,000 people have been immunized (first dose); although this week it was reported that the state Department of Health Services will send another 325,000 doses to local hospitals.

However, many residents wonder when and how they will be able to receive them.

According to the department, the doses are still limited, so the following days will continue to be given priority to people in phase 1A: all front-line health personnel, be they doctors, nurses or other health workers, as guards or janitors; although they also include school nurses or funeral home workers who may have contact with the virus.

Upon completion of phase 1A, providers will be able to begin distributing the vaccine to the phase 1B population. According to health authorities, people over 65 and over 16 who have at least one chronic condition come in here, such as:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic renal insufficiency
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Heart diseases such as heart failure, coronary artery disease and cardiomyopathy
  • Solid organ transplant
  • Obesity and morbid obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Diabetes mellitus type 2

Although the vaccine, both from the Moderna pharmaceutical company and Pfizer-BioNTech, will be free, regardless of whether the resident has health insurance or not, registration is necessary.

Each of the counties will set up a website where the data for registration will be requested. Some of them already available are:

– Dallas County

– Tarrant County

– Denton County

– Collin County(check this page for when registration opens).

And what will happen to the undocumented?

Good news, everyone in Texas will have access to the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, which will include undocumented immigrants.

This means that no proof of citizenship will be requested in the state, so that undocumented people will be able to receive it at the appropriate time. 

This was stated by Lara Anton, press officer for the Texas Department of Health.

No one will be required to show citizenship documents to be vaccinated (…) If an undocumented person belongs to one of the populations identified as a priority, such as a front-line worker, they may be vaccinated during that phase.

Once you register with the county system where you live, you will receive a communication via email or text message with the next steps to receive the vaccine.

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