On Mar. 2, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services directed states to expand vaccine eligibility to include people who work in school and child care operations. The federal directive includes:
“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 Texas Department of State Health Services has instructed vaccine providers in Texas to include these individuals in our vaccination programs. WE ARE INVITING THESE INDIVIDUALS TO SIGN UP FOR A VACCINE BY JOINING OUR WAITLIST.
We prioritize the vaccine invitations we send based on eligibility defined by the state and the roles self-identified by users when they sign up for the waitlist.
Other groups already prioritized for vaccination in Texas include frontline health care workers and high risk groups, including people over the age of 65, and people over the age of 16 with medical conditions that put them at a greater risk from COVID-19.
Although we are sending vaccination invitations to the current priority groups (including now educators and those in child care roles), we encourage everyone interested in a vaccine to get on the waitlist to be contacted as vaccines are made available to additional groups.