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Texas gets 1M-plus doses as shots become available to all adults week of March 29

The federal government allocated more than 1 million doses to Texas this week as the state opened COVID-19 vaccine distribution to all residents ages 16 and older starting Monday, March 29. The number includes 818,410 first doses to be distributed to 779 providers, six of which are in the Highland Lakes.

Another 200,000 doses are expected to go to pharmacies and federally qualified health centers as part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.

The Johnson & Johnson one-shot version returns to the COVID-19 vaccine lineup this week after supplies dwindled in mid-March. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two shots, 21 days or more apart. Texans ages 16 and 17 can only receive the Pfizer vaccine at this time. Health officials are urging everyone else to get the first vaccine that becomes available to them.

This week’s Highland Lakes allotment includes 1,170 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Marble Falls, a state vaccine hub. It has its own vaccination registration site.

The Marble Falls and Burnet H-E-B pharmacies are slated to get 300 doses each of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Those seeking a vaccine must sign up through the H-E-B online scheduler.

In Llano County, three providers — Horseshoe Bay Pharmacy, Corner Health Mart, and Hill Country Direct Care — are also receiving vaccines this week. Visit the Llano County COVID-19 Response page for registration availability and more information.

Other nearby vaccine hubs include Hill Country Memorial in Fredericksburg and Family Emergency Rooms in Cedar Park.

A number of pharmacies such as CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart receive doses from the federal government as well. The locations with vaccines vary, so visit each organization’s website for more information or to register.

The Texas Department of State Health Services has an interactive map to help Texans locate COVID-19 vaccine providers.

As of Friday, March 26, DSHS reported providers have administered more than 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine with almost 3.5 million Texans fully vaccinated. About 40 percent of Texas seniors are fully vaccinated, according to the state.

editor@thepicayune.com