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Some rural hospitals in Texas have yet to receive a single Covid-19 vaccine dose, hospital group says

January 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Houston Health Department LVN Alicia Meza prepares a dose of COVID-19 vaccine Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, at a Houston Health Department's COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Houston. The department vaccinated 1,008 people who qualify under Phase 1A or Phase 1B of the state's guidelines at the clinic's first day on Saturday. (Yi-Chin Lee/Houston Chronicle via AP)

As Texas shifts its focus to large community vaccination efforts, some frontline health care workers remain unprotected.

About 10% of the rural hospitals in Texas have yet to receive a single Covid-19 vaccine dose, according to a group representing rural hospitals in the state.

"There's been a very high level of frustration for a number of weeks with many of the rural hospitals in Texas, because they were watching the state move into the general public category, administering vaccine, yet we had so many rural hospitals that have not even been able to receive any for their frontline employees," said McBeath.

Last week, 25 of the state's 157 rural hospitals had yet to receive a vaccine shipment, according to McBeath.

Hospitals must have an application approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services before they can receive and administer vaccines.

The Texas Department of State Health Services said in a statement on its website that during the week of January 11, Texas will direct most Covid-19 vaccines received to large sites or hubs in the state to vaccinate more than 100,000 people.

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