1st doses of virus vaccine that arrived in Texas went to Houston, Dallas, San Antonio & Austin 6

1st doses of virus vaccine that arrived in Texas went to Houston, Dallas, San Antonio & Austin

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Dell Medical Center at the University of Texas.

AUSTIN, TexasThe first doses of a Covid-19 vaccine began arriving arriving throughout the U.S. on Monday including in Texas, with health care workers first in line to receive the shots.

The Texas Department of State Health Services said 19,500 doses of the vaccine were headed Monday to four sites in Texas: MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Wellness 360 at UT Health San Antonio and UT Health Austin’s Dell Medical School.

Methodist Health System began administering vaccinations at about 10:10 a.m. Monday with the first shot going to an environmental services employee who cleans the emergency room at Methodist Dallas, spokesman Ryan Owens said.

Another 75,000 doses of the vaccine were scheduled to be delivered Tuesday to 19 sites in Texas, state officials said, in the largest vaccination campaign in U.S. history.

Texas has seen 24,400 virus-related deaths since the pandemic began, which is second only to New York in overall death count, according to researchers from Johns Hopkins. One in every 332 people in Texas tested positive for the virus in the past week.

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