UT Austin receives some of Texas’ first COVID-19 vaccines

UT Health Austin, the Dell Medical School clinical practice at the University of Texas at Austin, is among the first in Texas to receive the long-awaited first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines.

The vials arrived on the floor and were immediately placed in a sub-zero warehouse, says UT Austin.

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UT Health Austin, the Dell Medical School clinical practice at the University of Texas at Austin, is among the first in Texas to receive the long-awaited first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines. (UT Austin)

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“This has been a long road for everyone, but especially for those health care providers who have put their own lives at risk by being on the front lines of caring for COVID-19 patients,” said Amy Young, clinical director of UT Health Austin and Vice Dean of Professional Practice at Dell Medical School.

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UT Austin said the 2,925 Pfizer vaccine bottles received are the first of two doses intended to protect university health care workers, including faculty, staff and students involved in clinical care for patients in the Austin community.

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The university has been designated a distribution location by the state of Texas and will shortly receive and deliver the vaccine to the community, starting with designated health care workers.

The distribution of the vaccines begins on Tuesday and lasts for nine days. The second doses are expected in early January 2021.

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“The vaccine finally gives us hope for a future without COVID, and that is really an extraordinary step forward,” said Young.

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UT Austin says protocols for equitable distribution of vaccines are in line with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which prioritize health workers and other high-risk groups.

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