October 28, 2009
Texas has not allocated any H1N1 vaccine to prisons at this time. Prisoners are not a priority group to receive the vaccine and will not be vaccinated ahead of the general public.
Given the limited national supply, Texas is initially targeting priority groups most at risk. Pregnant women are one of those groups. There are pregnant women who are incarcerated who need the vaccine to help protect their unborn children.
Health care providers who serve pregnant women in prisons have requested vaccine from the Texas Department of State Health Services. It is unclear when the state will be able to fill those orders given the limited national supply of the vaccine.
Texas has been providing vaccine since the state first received allocations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier this month. A limited supply will be going to the prison system to vaccinate those most at risk.
Texas continues to order its full allocation of H1N1 vaccine, but the national supply still isn't adequate to meet demand. Texas plans to allocate more vaccine to other groups as it becomes more widely available.
Texas had expected to receive 3.4 million doses of the vaccine by mid-October, according to the initial projections from the CDC. However, the state has been allocated less than 1.7 million doses so far.
(News Media Contact: Carrie Williams, DSHS Assistant Press Officer, 512-458-7400.)
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