WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - The Texas Department of State Health Services updated their vaccine distribution plan Wednesday to allow teachers and child care workers to be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
“All COVID-19 vaccination providers are directed and required to make available and administer, as one of the .currently eligible groups, COVID-19 vaccine to those who work in pre-primary, primary, and secondary schools, as well as Head Start and Early· Head Start programs (including teachers, staff, and bus drivers) and those who work as or for licensed child care providers, including center-based and family care providers.” the federal directive from the Secretary of Health and Human Services stated.
City of Wichita Falls officials said the option to select “school” or “child care” as your profession will soon be added to the Wichita Falls - Wichita County Public Health District’s vaccine waitlist.
Other groups prioritized for vaccination in Texas will not see any changes.
The Texas Department of State Health Services defines Phase 1A and 1B as follows:
• Paid and unpaid workers, ages 18+, in hospital settings working directly with patients who are positive or at high risk for COVID-19. Such as but not limited to:
- Physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other support staff (custodial staff, etc.)
- Additional clinical staff providing supporting laboratory, pharmacy, diagnostic and/or rehabilitation services
- Others having direct contact with patients or infectious material
• Long-term care staff working directly with vulnerable residents. Includes:
- Direct care providers at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and state supported living centers
- Physicians, nurses, personal care assistants, custodial, food service staff
• EMS providers who engage in 9-1-1 emergency services like pre-hospital care and transport
• Home health care workers, including hospice care, who directly interface with vulnerable and high-risk patients
• Residents of long-term care facilities
• Staff in outpatient care settings who interact with symptomatic patients. Such as but not limited to:
- Physicians, nurses, and other support staff (custodial staff, etc.)
- Clinical staff providing diagnostic, laboratory, and/or rehabilitation services
- Non 9-1-1 transport for routine care
- Healthcare workers in corrections and detention facilities
• Direct care staff in freestanding emergency medical care facilities and urgent care clinics
• Community pharmacy staff who may provide direct services to clients, including vaccination or testing for individuals who may have COVID
• Public health and emergency response staff directly involved in administration of COVID testing and vaccinations
• Last responders who provide mortuary or death services to decedents with COVID-19. Includes:
- Embalmers and funeral home workers who have direct contact with decedents
- Medical examiners and other medical certifiers who have direct contact with decedents
• School nurses who provide health care to students and teachers
Phase 1B• People 65 years of age and older
• People 18 - 64 years of age with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk, such as but not limited to:
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies
- Solid organ transplantation
- Obesity and severe obesity (body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher)
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
• Those who work in pre-primary, primary, and secondary schools as well as Head Start and Early Head Start (including teachers, staff and bus drivers) and those who work as or for licensed child care providers, including center-based and family care providers.