Texas has become the first state in the nation to administer 1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) made the announcement Thursday, one month to the day after the first doses arrived at vaccine providers in the state on December 14th.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas has administered more doses than any other state. According to Bloomberg, Texas ranks number one for percentage of doses administered among the top 20 states for doses distributed.
Abbott said this vaccination effort would not be possible without the “dedication and tireless efforts” of healthcare workers. He said while there is still a long road ahead, Texans continue to show they are “up to this challenge.”
According to a release from Abbott’s office, the state receives more vaccines from the federal government each week, and expects the weekly amount to increase in the future.
In Washington County, according to DSHS data from Thursday, 822 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 41 are considered fully vaccinated, meaning 863 vaccine doses have been administered in total. A total of 1,900 vaccine doses have been allocated to the county.
As of Thursday, according to DSHS, the county had an estimated 160 active COVID-19 cases, 1,402 recoveries and 69 deaths. The county is reported to have 1,268 confirmed cases and 363 probable cases.