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A group of 38 Texas House Democrats have been critical of Greg Abbott, head of state government and head of the Texas Department of Government, over the government’s vaccination distribution rollout, calling it “a source of growing confusion and frustration.”
Lawmakers from across the state wrote in a letter dated January 6 that leaders make many changes to the process, such as ensuring that communities of color have equal access to the COVID-19 vaccine and prioritize the jobs they do . They are required to work with people outside their home country.
State rape. Vicky Goodwin, D-Austin, wrote that her office is unable to answer questions from constituents about vaccines “because the state’s plan is to make people truly experience the entire state.”
“The lack of reliable public information casts doubt on the government’s ability to monitor public health,” Goodwin wrote in the letter, signed by 37 other House Democrats. “This kind of skepticism is not what any of us want.”
The vaccination rollout in Texas has been confusing so far, with medical experts and others questioning how the state plans to conduct the vaccine to about 30 million people in the coming months. Unclear messages about the details of state officials who are eligible to receive a vaccine – and where and how a vaccination is scheduled – have been complicated by technical errors, logical delays and, in some cases, supply shortages.
In North Texas, a woman has started a crowdsourcing website to help Texas know where vaccines are available by listing providers in the Dallas and Austin areas, according to KXAN. Since Carrie Craver launched the site earlier this week, KXAN reported that more than 3,000 people had signed up for the update as of Tuesday.
The number of available vaccine doses has fallen far short of covering those who are eligible to receive vaccinations, and the state number was shown earlier this week to exclude half of the vaccine dose sent to Texas. was given. A state panel has determined those eligibility guidelines based on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations.
State officials said Thursday that Texas would receive about 200,000 more doses of the vaccine next week, which would help streamline distribution.
Goodwin said a map of vaccination locations in his House District suggests providers focus less in areas with a higher percentage of people of color who have been adversely affected by coronovirus, data have shown. She told Abbott and DSHS Commissioner John Hellerstadt, “Take special care with one eye to distribute widely vaccinated opportunities and make all Texans equally available, regardless of racial or ethnic background.”
Goodwin asked the two to prioritize vaccinations for school teachers, grocery store employees, food service workers and others who need to interact with others outside their home. And it requested that state leaders provide “regular and regular updates” on the vaccination delivery plan for legislators and its implementation to give legislators better information about constituents.
A spokesman for Abbott’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“Vaccines cannot be rolled out quickly and effectively unless there is confidence in the information received from the DSHS, the governor and their representatives,” Goodwin wrote. “Please work with us to ensure that Texas is vaccinated efficiently and safely.”