AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Texas has administered more than 2 million COVID-19 vaccinations, state health officials said Thursday, Jan. 28, and the new Biden administration could help determine who’s next in line.
But Texas surpassed the milestone for doses toward the end of the state’s deadliest month of the pandemic.READ MORE: Former Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall Explains Why No Action Was Ever Taken Against Officer Bryan Riser, Now Charged With Capital Murder
Of the more than 35,000 reported COVID-19 deaths in Texas, more than 1 in 5 have come in January.
January’s grim tally climbed Thursday with more than 470 newly reported deaths.
But hospitalizations continued trending downward to just under 12,400 patients, as officials see encouraging signs that cases may be leveling off after a bleak surge that accelerated after the Christmas holidays.READ MORE: Gov. Greg Abbott Responds To Criticism For Ending Mask Mandate, Fully Reopening Texas: 'There's Never Going To Be Uniform Agreement On This'
Texas moved away from federal vaccine guidelines in December and joined other states in moving a broader population of older residents to the front of the line.
But Imelda Garcia, who chairs the state panel that recommends vaccine prioritization for Texas’ nearly 30 million residents, said the Biden administration may make some changes that they’ll want to consider for the next phase.
Garcia said Texas is “not satisfied” with the supply of vaccines and did not hint at what groups might be eligible next.
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