– Governor Greg Abbott
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Governor Greg Abbott announced that the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and the Texas Military Department (TMD) have confirmed 25 participating counties for the fourth week of the Save Our Seniors initiative. To date, A total of 88 counties have participated in the program.
The Governor announced the Save Our Seniors program in Corpus Christi in February to ensure more seniors are vaccinated throughout the state.
Previously, 26 counties participated in the first week, and 34 counties participated in the second week of the initiative.
Last week, 28 counties took part in the program.
"Thanks to the ongoing success of the Save Our Seniors program, more elderly Texans are being vaccinated than ever before," said Governor Abbott. "We will continue to deploy state vaccination resources across Texas to reach more seniors and get more shots in arms."
TDEM and TMD will work alongside local jurisdictions to set up a central drive-through vaccine clinics in each community or administer directly to homebound seniors — these decisions will be driven by local officials as they identify vulnerable residents in their communities to participate in this program.
Counties participating in the 4th round of the program are:
- Jim Hogg
- San Augustine
- San Jacinto
- Val Verde, and
- The state looked at the number of approved providers serving the area;
- The state took into account total allocations over the previous 12 weeks;
- The state utilized data showing the least vaccinated counties for both 65+ and 75+ administered doses;
- The state focused on allocating vaccine equitably across the state.