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Texas is first state to administer 1 million coronavirus vaccine doses, Gov. Abbott says

Texas is first state to administer 1 million coronavirus vaccine doses, Gov. Abbott says
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Texas is the first state to administer 1 million coronavirus vaccine doses, Gov. Greg Abbot (R) announced on Thursday.

Among the top 20 states for distribution, Texas ranks number one for the percentage of doses administered, Abbot said in his statement.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the Lone Star State has administered 1,043,624 doses as of Jan. 14. The state has distributed 2,105,600 doses.

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Voluntary vaccination is currently underway in the state for front-line health care workers, residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and for people over the age of 65 or those with a chronic medical condition.

According to The Texas Tribune, Abbot said 1.4 million health care workers and vulnerable residents would be vaccinated by the end of 2020, but initial vaccine rollout was met with miscommunication and technical issues.

“Texas is leading the way for our nation once again,” Abbott said in a statement. “This is the biggest vaccination effort we have ever undertaken, and it would not be possible without the dedication and tireless efforts of our healthcare workers.

“We still have a long road ahead of us, but Texans continue to prove that we are up to this challenge," he added.

The number comes as the U.S. races to get more people vaccinated after dealing with a slow rollout late last year. Over 11 million doses have been administered thus far out of 30 million doses distributed.

Several states, including Mississippi, New York and California, recently expanded vaccine eligibility in an effort to get more of their populations vaccinated.