Texas likely to partner with FEMA for vaccine ‘super sites’

Posted at 12:04 PM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 13:04:37-05

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas will likely partner with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to open two vaccination “super sites” in Dallas and Houston, and more could be on the way, Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday.

Abbott tweeted those vaccine locations would be open every day and operate for eight weeks, handling up to 6,000 shots per day.

The governor said adding more sites is possible, but his office did not immediately release further details, including whether that meant Texas would get more vaccine doses or if those sites would pull vaccine from other areas.

The Texas news comes a week after California partnered with FEMA to open two mass vaccination centers under President Joe Biden’s push to create 100 such sites nationwide in 100 days.

According to state health officials, nearly 2.5 million Texans have received at least one dose of vaccine, and nearly 780,000 are fully vaccinated. As of Sunday, Texas had 9,652 COVID-19 patients in hospitals and a death toll of 38,643.