Texas veers away from national vaccination guidelines, will prioritize over 65 age group before essential workers
Texas has no plans to follow a federal advisory council recommendation that key workers and people over 75 should be next in line to receive COVID-19 vaccines after healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities, the state health department said Monday.
Instead, priority will be given to people in Texas over the age of 65, as well as adults of all ages with certain medical conditions that are considered comorbidities of the coronavirus. The ministry's announcement said the decision was made after a state-level panel of experts decided that the "most vulnerable populations" should be protected as soon as possible, although it will likely take a few weeks for the state to begin the initial phase the vaccinations are ready.
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There has been debate over who should be shot next, with some data clearly identifying age as one of the most important factors in disease severity. However, others feel the federal recommendation is the right call as key workers are at greater risk of exposure to the virus and do not have the luxury of working from home.
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