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Texas will track and record who gets a COVID-19 vaccine. So what does that mean for you?

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Posted at 10:07 PM, Nov 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 23:24:02-05

COVID-19 vaccines are coming to the Lone Star State.

“Right now, we have three vaccines that have announced they're in play, and they’re working for FDA approval. There’s another one in the works,” said Waco-McLennan County Health District Kelly Craine.

Due to a Texas Homeland Security Bill passed in 2007, medical staff giving out the vaccine will be required to report who receives a vaccine to the state.

“For all the vaccines that are up for approval. There are two vaccinations. This really will help them keep up to date individuals and first responders what is their schedule when is their next shot," said Craine.

The personal information is not shared with anyone outside of the health provider system.

“Personal information is protected from groups like insurance companies. However statistical information can be shared with institutions of government agencies like the CDC,” said Texas A&M University-Central Texas Department of Nursing Director & Chair Amy Mersiovsky.

The information like age and gender will be shared with agencies like the CDC to keep up with the vaccine’s progress.

“They do that so we know the demographics of the people who did the vaccine, if there are any side effects or anything like that,” said Mersiovsky.

Information will also be used to contact people who took the vaccination if something goes wrong. The ImmTrac2 system has been used for several years to keep track of immunizations.