The federal government wants to speed up vaccinations and expanded the recommended minimum age for vaccine recipients from 75 to 65 as a move to give vaccines to as many people as possible.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said, the government is urged to change priorities and the states will get more vaccines. How much vaccine a state gets depends on how fast it’s getting used instead of population. He said, "We are now at an important juncture in the vaccine program."
As more vaccination sites open up slowly, like a Denton drive-through at UNT Discovery Park, Azar says the order is to vaccinate more and do it faster. The supply is there, expressing confidence in production.
Azar said, "We are 100 percent committed to ensuring there a second dose is available for every American who receives the first dose."
Texas has opened up vaccine availability beyond first responders and medical workers in Group 1A. All states are giving the vaccine to Group 1B as well -- those 65 and older or those with underlying conditions.
Azar said, "Think of it like boarding an airplane. You might have a sequential order in which you board people but you don’t wait until every person from a group has boarded before moving on to the next."
Azar says some states receiving low rates of the vaccine may be due in part to an issue in reporting the information. They’re allowed 72 hours.
Azar was positive that the supply would meet demand.