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State Urges Vaccine Providers To Use Up Stock

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FILE - In this undated file photo issued by the University of Oxford, a volunteer is administered the coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, in Oxford, England. New results released Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, on the possible COVID-19 vaccine suggest it is safe and about 70% effective. (John Cairns/University of Oxford via AP, File)

The Texas Department of State Health Services is urging health providers who still have COVID-19 vaccine available for patients to use it up as quickly as possible. A letter received by Rio Grande Valley healthcare groups yesterday says the state is showing that a significant portion of the vaccine that has been received in Texas has not yet been used. The letter from the DSHS commissioner says that every day the vaccine sits on a shelf is another day that the pandemic will be extended. The commissioner even recommends that providers jump ahead in their priority framework to administer the vaccine to people who want to take it, regardless of their priority status. The Valley received over 14-thousand does of the Pfizer vaccine last week and is expecting over 22-thousand doses of the Moderna vaccine this week.

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