Connecticut also announced that it would allow all residents 16 years of age and older to receive the vaccines starting April 5.
Officials made the surprise announcement just weeks after expanding eligibility to people over the age of 50 – even though the state is still the lowest for nationally administered doses, according to The Dallas Morning News.
“We are getting closer to 10 million doses delivered in Texas, and we want to continue the momentum as vaccine supply increases,” Imelda Garcia, associate commissioner in the Department of State Health Services and chair of a group that publishes vaccination guidelines. , mentionned.
The move was made with the aim of protecting as many people as possible, state officials said.
“It was something we heard over and over, we felt we really needed to open the floodgates,” said Dr. John Zerwas, University of Texas vice chancellor of the system and panel member. immunization counselors.
Residents over 16 will only be eligible for the Pfizer vaccine, while 18 and over are approved for jabs produced by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.
“As eligibility opens up, we are asking providers to continue to prioritize those most at risk for serious illness, hospitalization and death – such as the elderly,” Garcia said.
Denton County announced on Tuesday that they already had started making an appointment.