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AUSTIN–Texas hospital officials announced last week that Texans age 50 and older will now be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Expanding to ages 50 to 64 will continue the state’s priorities of protecting those at the greatest risk of severe outcomes and preserving the state’s health care system,” said Imelda Garcia, Department of State Health Services associate commissioner for laboratory and infectious disease services and chair of the Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel.
While move to expand eligibility to a new category of Texans — labeled 1C — means that vaccine availability is ramping up across the state, appointments may continue to be hard to find, as the number of eligible recipients outnumbers the vaccine supply.
Still missing from those eligible are service workers, including grocery store and restaurant staff. Claudia Zapata, representative for the ATX Restaurant Organizing Project, saidthat she is “disappointed and angry but not surprised.”
No new reports were received about any new virus cases here in Knox County.