AUSTIN, Texas — The State of Texas will track and record who get a COVID-19 vaccine.
A Texas Homeland Security Bill passed in 2007 states that during a declared disaster, "A health care provider who administers an immunization, antiviral, or other medication shall provide the data elements to the department [Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)]."
Governor Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration on March 13 and has continually renewed it, most recently on November 6.
Health care providers are required to record data such as the date the vaccine is administered, the vaccine manufacturer and lot number, any adverse or unexpected events, and the name, address, and title of the health care provider administering the vaccine.
Texas will not keep the information forever. According to the bill, it must be deleted after the disaster declaration is lifted.
State will use ImmTrac2 to help store the data.