Texas threatened to reduce vaccine supply to Dallas County over plan to focus on ‘vulnerable’ ZIP codes
The commission for Dallas County, Texas, abandoned its plan to focus coronavirus vaccines on vulnerable areas after state health officials threatened to reduce its supply of the vaccine.
The plan to focus COVID-19 vaccine doses to vulnerable ZIP codes violated the terms of Texas’s vaccine hub, The Dallas Morning News reports.
Imelda Garcia, associate commissioner for the Texas Department of State Health Services sent an email to Dallas County’s health director, Philip Huang, warning that their weekly allocation of vaccines could be reduced and their designation as a vaccine hub could be revoked if the county proceeded with its plan. The plan prioritized ZIP codes home to Black and Latino American communities, who make up a large number of essential workers.
“While we ask hub…