AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — People who are 50 to 64 can now be vaccinated in the State of Texas as the state opened Phase 1C Monday.
That age group joining the eligibility pool that according to Texas Health and Human Services includes those 65 and older and anyone 16 and up with an underlying health issue.
Amarillo Public Health Authority Dr. Scott Milton said that opening up the vaccine to more people means that hopefully fewer people get sick.
“I hope that by opening it up that no one is left out and anybody that wants to get it, can get it,” said Dr. Milton.
Dr. Milton added that he is glad more people are able to get vaccinated and will be able to have that comfort in knowing so.
He added that another reason he believes Texas is adding this new phase is due to the state reopening at 100% and easing restrictions.
“I think that’s another good reason to open it up to more people. I have been vaccinated and I have been able to go to a few restaurants now and I feel protected by having that,” added Dr. Milton.
Dr. Milton said that Amarillo is a distribution hub and the city gets 5,000 vaccines a week and the city has a constant flow of vaccines.
Dr. Milton said the hard decision of the vaccine rollout has been trying to figure out who needs it first.
Dr. Milton added it concerns him is that there are still people that are reluctant to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
“What we are seeing as this continues to be rolled out across the country and across our state is that not only is it effective, but it’s really safe,” said Dr. Milton.
According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, Texans between 50 and 64 years old account for 20% of all COVID-19 deaths.
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