Collin County announces vaccine waiting list

Staff reports
Moderna is gearing up to make more of its coronavirus vaccine in 2021.

Collin County officials announced on Jan. 5 that they have created an online COVID-19 vaccine waiting list for those who meet the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Phase 1A and 1B categories for receiving it.  This includes first responders, medical professionals, long-term care residents, seniors over 65, and people with at least one chronic medical condition.

As of Tuesday morning, the county had not received any new vaccine shipments from the DSHS.  All available vaccines that the county had on Monday had already been administered or allocated to others. Since county officials are not given advanced notice on when vaccines will arrive, it was not clear when they would be able to allocate more.

Over the last week of December, Collin County Health Care Services had received 1,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine.  That represented only 6 percent of the more than 17,000 doses initially shipped to 23 Collin County pharmacies, hospitals, and physicians.  This is because private health care providers maintain a separate vaccine waiting list.

Due to the limited supply, count health officials are encouraging residents to contact their primary care providers about vaccine availability.  More than 30,000 people have already signed up for the vaccine. An average of 3400 requests an hour were received on the first day.

As of Jan. 6, there were more than 5,300 active COVID-19 cases in Collin county. Nearly 400 people in the county with the virus have died.