Methodist Dallas Medical Center among first 4 sites in Texas to get COVID-19 vaccine Monday
Updated at 9:36 pm: Revised to include a statement from the UT Southwestern Medical Center representative.
A Dallas hospital will be among the first four Texas locations to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday.
The Methodist Dallas Medical Center will begin vaccinations for health care workers and other workers who interact with COVID-19 patients once the shipment arrives, said Pam Stoyanoff, president and chief operating officer of Methodist Health System.
She said the Methodist team was delighted to learn Sunday that its workers would be among the first in the state to be vaccinated. More than 120 doctors, clinicians and employees are due to receive their vaccines on Monday.
“You have worked hard over the past nine months. They are still working hard today with the current climb, ”said Stoyanoff. “We are very excited to take this next step in the fight against this pandemic and we couldn’t be more honest about being the first in the Metroplex to have access to it.”
The vaccine is a godsend for the health care workers who have spent months caring for patients battling the virus, Stoyanoff said.
“I can’t wait for this truck to pull into our dock. Can’t wait to see the vaccine load and thaw from it,” she said. “I think it will mean the world to many people.”
She said the hospital system had taken great care to protect its staff from COVID-19.
“Even so, this is a virus that can be easily transmitted. And you’re taking a risk every day sitting on the front lines taking care of patients with COVID, ”she said.
Methodist is said to receive 5,850 doses in the first week of distribution. The vaccine will go to frontline workers in the fight against the coronavirus first, and the shots will be voluntary, Stoyanoff said.
“We have people ready to give the vaccine, we have our first group of people ready to receive the vaccine, and as soon as we hear it’s on the way we will get everything going” , she said.
The three other Texas locations where the vaccine will be shipped on Monday are Wellness 360 in San Antonio, UT Health’s Austin Health Medical School, and Houston MD Anderson Cancer Center. This comes from a list provided by the Department of State Health Services.
UT Southwestern Medical Center and Parkland Memorial Hospital are among 19 locations in Texas scheduled to deliver vaccines Tuesday.
Catherine Bradley, a Parkland representative, confirmed the hospital would receive vaccines Tuesday morning and expects to distribute the vaccine to their frontline workers later that day.
“We are hopeful and excited to know that we can share this news with the city of Dallas,” she said.
A representative from UT Southwestern also confirmed that the medical center will receive vaccines on Tuesday.
“UT Southwestern is excited about the prospect of the upcoming vaccine delivery as an added layer of security on top of our existing protocols,” said spokesman Russell Rian. “We are ready to distribute to our front-line staff after receiving the shipments.”
The first U.S. shipments of the vaccine were en route to states across the country on Sunday, days after the Food and Drug Administration granted emergency clearance for the Pfizer and BioNTech coronavirus vaccines.
The Minister of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, explained what could come in the weeks and months after the first vaccine deliveries.
He said the plan was to have 20 million people vaccinated by the end of December, up to 50 million by the end of January and 100 million by the end of February. These include plans for a second vaccine developed by Moderna, which is expected to soon receive emergency approval from the FDA.
The FDA on Friday granted emergency approval for Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine for people aged 16 and over. Moderna’s vaccine is expected to be approved after a review by the agency’s independent advisors scheduled for Thursday.
“We’re going to get more and more Pfizer products and we have 12.5 million Moderna products, provided we get Moderna approval later this week, which we will ship very soon after.” Azar said “Face the Nation” during an interview with CBS News.
Texas received more than 220,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in its first week of distribution, including thousands that will be distributed to hospitals in northern Texas.
Chris Van Deusen, spokesman for the Department of State Health Services, said the department expects vaccine shipments for the remaining 86 locations to begin later in the week.
The Texas vaccine allocation strategy was recommended by a panel of experts. They prioritized health care workers who received vaccines to keep them safe while caring for COVID-19 patients “and to keep the health system working,” the state health department said on its website.
These are the providers in North Texas who will receive the vaccine in the first week of distribution and how many doses they will receive:
- Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children – 975
- Infectious Disease Advisor in North Texas – 975
- Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas – 2,925
- Medical City Dallas Hospital – 1,950
- UT Southwestern Medical Center – 5,850
- Methodist Dallas Medical Center – 5,850
- Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas – 5,850
- Baylor Scott & White Medical Center at Irving – 975
- Christ Health Clinic in Irving – 1950
- McKinney Medical City – 975
- Medical City of Plano – 2.925
- Medical City of Arlington – 975
- Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South – 975
- Cook Fort Worth Children’s Hospital – 4,875
- Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center in Fort Worth – 975
- Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth – 5,850
- Fort Worth Children’s Occupational Health Services – 3,900
- Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Grapevine – 975
- Wise Health System in Decatur – 975
- Terrell State Hospital – 975
- Hunt Regional Medical Center – 975
Governor Greg Abbott announced earlier this month that Texas will receive 1.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of the year.
Larger deliveries are expected to follow next week, provided a second vaccine manufacturer receives an emergency permit by then.
Increased vaccine allocations are expected in January and the following months, Abbott said in a written statement.
The Washington Post contributed to this report.