Dell Medical School 1 of just 4 Texas hospitals to receive COVID-19 vaccine on Day 1

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The very first vials of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Austin Monday morning, the chief clinical officer with UT Health Austin confirmed. There were 2,925 vials total, and healthcare workers at Dell Medical School will receive all those doses over the next 10 days. Then they’ll get a second dose in 17 to 21 days.

In all, there are 224,250 doses on the way to the Lone Star State. Several other hospitals in the Austin area are also set to receive them in order to vaccinate the city’s health care workers first.

Dell Medical School was the only hospital in Austin receiving vaccines Monday, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and one of just four statewide.

This comes after the Food and Drug Administration approved an emergency use authorization Friday for the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. The move made the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine the first in the country approved for use in the fight against COVID-19.

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Almost 3,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are stored in frigid temperatures at the University of Texas Health Austin Dell Medical School in Austin, Texas on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. The medical school was among the first four hospitals in the state to receive the doses and will begin administering them to select staff on Tuesday. (AP Photo/John L. Mone)

Here is the complete list of Austin area hospitals receiving the vaccine this week and how many doses:

  • UT Health Austin (Dell Medical School) – 2,925 doses (UT Austin said these are the doses going to its campus)
  • Seton Medical Center Austin – 2,925 doses
  • Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas – 1,950 doses
  • Dell Seton Medical Center At University of Texas – 1,950 doses
  • South Austin Medical Center – 975 doses
  • Austin State Hospital – 975 doses
  • North Austin Medical Center – 975 doses
  • St. David’s Medical Center – 975 doses
  • Round Rock Medical Center Round Rock – 975
  • Baylor Scott White Health MC Round Rock – 975

DSHS released a schedule of when hospitals around Texas would get their vaccines Monday and Tuesday.

Monday:

San AntonioWellness 360 (UT Health San Antonio)
DallasMethodist Dallas Medical Center
AustinUT Health Austin Dell Medical School
HoustonMD Anderson Cancer Center

Tuesday:

AmarilloTexas Tech Univ. Health Science Center Amarillo
Corpus ChristiChristus Spohn Health System Shoreline
DallasParkland Hospital
DallasUT Southwestern
EdinburgDoctors Hospital at Renaissance
EdinburgUT Health RGV Edinburg
El PasoUniversity Medical Center El Paso
Fort WorthTexas Health Resources Medical Support
GalvestonUniversity of Texas Medical Branch Hospital
HoustonTexas Children’s Hospital Main
HoustonLBJ Hospital
HoustonCHI St. Luke’s Health
HoustonMemorial Hermann Texas Medical Center
HoustonHouston Methodist Hospital
HoustonBen Taub General Hospital
LubbockCovenant Medical Center
San AngeloShannon Pharmacy
TempleBaylor Scott and White Medical Center
TylerUT Health Science Center Tyler

Dr. David Lakey, vice chancellor for health affairs and chief medical officer for the University of Texas System and member of the Texas Medical Association COVID-19 Task Force, said this is a moment the country has been waiting for.

“We’re very excited that this is the light at the end of the tunnel,” Dr. Lakey said. “A lot of planning has been put into place so that they can very quickly start immunizing individuals.”

Right now, Dr. Lakey said hospitals are working on logistics, from how they accept the shipment of vaccines to finding secure places to administer the shots to workers.

“All those things have to take place and be done right if we’re going to go from this pizza box of vaccines that’s arrived to actually having vaccines in people’s arms,” he explained.

Dr. Lakey thinks it’ll be a while before the vaccine will be available to the general public. He estimates people should be able to get a vaccine if they want one by late summer of 2021.

“This may happen quicker, for a variety of reasons, it may happen a little bit slower depending on supply chain and the logistics,” Dr. Lakey said.

Once ready to go, immunization will consist of two doses. The second dose of Pfizer/BioNTech’s vaccine comes 21 days after the first, and some studies show the vaccine could begin to provide protection against COVID-19 just 10 days after the first shot. The Moderna vaccine is also administered in two doses, the second dose is given around 25 days later.

Moderna’s vaccine is up for emergency approval by the FDA on Dec. 17 and could get it approved by Dec. 21. If that happens, Austin healthcare leaders expect the Moderna vaccines to begin arriving next week.

“Once we can get people immunized, we’ll be able to get people back into society and see our loved ones and protect them,” Dr. Lakey said.

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