State health officials say 75,075 doses will be arriving at 19 sites in Texas on Tuesday, including seven Houston-area hospitals.
In Houston, Texas Children’s Hospital, LBJ Hospital, CHI St. Luke’s Health, Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center, Houston Methodist Hospital, and Ben Taub General Hospital were scheduled to receive shipments. The University of Texas Medical Branch Hospital in Galveston was also set to receive doses.
The shipments began arriving in the morning. At Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center, Robert Luckey, who works in the COVID ICU, was the first to receive the Pfizer vaccine.
Robert Luckey is given a vaccine card after being the first to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at Memorial Herman Texas Medical Center.
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center was one of the first four sites in the state to receive a shipment of vaccines on Monday. MD Anderson’s chief medical officer says the hospital received 4,875 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, all of which will be administered to their medical staff over a one-week period.
COVID-19 vaccines are delivered at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Photo credit: The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center)
A total of 27 Houston-area hospitals are expected to receive shipments by the end of the week.
Last month, Texas officials announced the state’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan. According to the plan, health care workers likely to provide direct care for COVID-19 patients and other vulnerable residents will be the first group to receive the vaccine.
LOUISVILLE, KY - DECEMBER 13: Boxes containing the first shipments of the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are unloaded from air shipping containers at UPS Worldport December 13, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. Each box contains dry ice to keep the