Texas State is expanding the eligibility criteria to get the COVID-19 vaccine starting March 15.
Any person 50 and older will be eligible to get the vaccine. This order from the Texas Department of State Health Services means that more people can register for the vaccine.
Beginning Monday, people in the new 1C group including people age 50 and older will qualify for appointments. Imelda Garcia, DSHS associate commissioner for laboratory and infectious disease services and chair of the Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel said, "Expanding to ages 50 to 64 will continue the state’s priorities of protecting those at the greatest risk of severe outcomes and preserving the state’s health care system,"
Individuals in groups 1A and 1B will continue to get the highest priority. These groups include first responders, health care workers, nursing home residents, people over the age of 65, and other adults with high-risk health conditions. Last week, teachers were added to the list.