GOV. ABBOTT OUTLINES COVID-19 VACCINE DISTRIBUTION PLAN

  

Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) have announced the guiding principles for the state’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution process.

Gov. Greg Abbott

The guidelines, according to Abbott, will serve as the foundation for the state’s initial allocation of vaccines, which his office says are expected as early as next month.

These principles were established by the Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel (EVAP), which includes State Senator Lois Kolkhorst.  The EVAP was created by DSHS to make recommendations on vaccine allocation decisions, including identifying groups that should be vaccinated first to provide the most protection to vulnerable populations and critical state resources.

Texas will initially allocate COVID-19 vaccines based on the following criteria:

  • Protecting health care workers who fill a critical role in caring for and preserving the lives of COVID-19 patients and maintaining the health care infrastructure for all who need it.
  • Protecting frontline workers who are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 due to the nature of their work providing critical services and preserving the economy.
  • Protecting vulnerable populations who are at greater risk of severe disease and death if they contract COVID-19.
  • Mitigating health inequities due to factors such as demographics, poverty, insurance status and geography.
  • Data-driven allocations using the best available scientific evidence and epidemiology at the time, allowing for flexibility for local conditions.
  • Geographic diversity through a balanced approach that considers access in urban and rural communities and in affected ZIP codes.
  • Transparency through sharing allocations with the public and seeking public feedback.

Under these guidelines, health care and frontline workers and the most vulnerable populations will be immunized first.

The EVAP will make recommendations on how and when to roll out the vaccine to other critical groups.

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  1. About a month ago, when the Trump administration worked out a deal with Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance providers to provide inoculations at no cost to their subscribers, many asked whether or not they had to receive it.
    For those on Medicaid, likely no issues would ever arise; for those on Medicare, there may be some issues but as most of these people are in the highest risk group for catching the virus, experts do not think many will refuse it. For those with private health care insurance, the issues are much murkier in that while the vaccine may be offered at no cost, refusal to take it may result in that person being labeled as a “higher risk individual”, much as a long-term smoker or person with other addictions. What that means is that person’s policy maybe amended so that any Covid related illness and treatment, as well as long-term health issues stemming from covid-19 might be excluded from coverage.
    While I’m sure that the nattering nabobs of nihilism who belittle all scientists, medical professionals, and government agencies will still refuse to take the vaccine when it is finally available, they should be aware that either their health insurance coverage, or their entire family’s health insurance coverage may be much changed and possibly much increased in price, for failure to take the vaccine–if they believe in and carry health insurance.
    I wonder how many of these people have never been, or had their children vaccinated for polio, measles, mumps, rubella, and other childhood illnesses that have vaccines available. I’m sure they also don’t get tetanus inoculations, nor do they follow the state law of having their pets vaccinated for rabies.
    Likewise, if the vaccine is to be so dangerous, why would all doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals be first on the list? Would that make sense, to kill off (or mutate) all of the people who will provide health care to the rest?

    1. It makes total sense if you have been worked into a frenzy of belief that all will come to an end if the virus spreads and people get it. With an aim to make everyone believe they need protection at all costs, including mass poverty, long term results are beside the point. If protection means people develop problems in 15 or 20 years because mRNA treatment has no long term study of sufficient length done, well, that’s just a risk that has to be taken according to current trends of mania.

      I’d like to see a private insurance company slap a high risk on someone that refuses to take the mRNA vaccine. That company will be in for a world of legal and money troubles.

    2. In regards to your use of the word “nihilist”, A quote from the movie “The Princess Bride” comes to mind. “You Keep Using That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means”.

      On the contrary, faith in God and and faith in the makings and hearts of men are two vastly different things. Which is why we always believe in less government is better and once again, the old Franklin quote “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

  2. Ha ha, you can keep your mRNA “vaccine”. That’s not dead or weakened virus, that’s a genetic programing of which we have no idea of the long terms effects. It may be training your body how to recognize and defeat the virus but when you and your kids develop cancer, deformities, new ailments, the possibilities are endless when it comes to what mRNA can do, positive and negative. Why would you do something like this to yourself for something our body can easily defeat in a few days? I know, I’ve had COVID, a cold is worse.

    I wonder if the government will force the thousands of healthcare workers that refuse to take it by taking their jobs and livelihoods?
    I wonder if the government will say that because the “vulnerable” are forced to take it or die, therefore those those refused must be essentially forced by making them choose to have a job or not? Our leftist comrades do say, that would only be “equitable”. Our government at all levels should answer this question immediately! Will we need to have vaccine mark that allows us to earn a living?

    Anyone found the overall numbers of deaths yet for 2020 and compared it with historical annual averages for the last 40 years (deaths per 100,000 per year)? Doing the leg work on this is very informative, and I’d use only CDC numbers if you decide to do it. For the virus to to be truly impactful, I would expect the virus along with all other causes of death to be atleast as high as the mid 90’s!

    For you “excess deaths” folks, how far back is the comparison being made for “excess deaths”? And why limit it to just the most recent year or years of historic lows if your really trying to be transparent in government?

    1. I hope and pray that I can get the vaccine.
      I have leukemia and I am high risk, I do not want the virus to end my life. That’s all I need to say!

  3. That sounds great.
    Now everyone who has been extremely worried can get the vaccine and everything will be back to pre-crazy covid soon enough. I am very glad that our current President was able to make this a priority and really get a rush on this with the extra government funding to the different companies to make this a reality this soon.
    Fantastic!

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