UT Southwestern is following state guidance for distribution. We began by vaccinating those in Phase 1A of COVID-19 vaccine distribution, which included our health care workers, and expanded our distribution to include Phase 1B:
- Individuals 65 years of age or older
- Individuals 16 years of age or older with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19, such as but not limited to: cancer; chronic kidney disease; COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease); Down syndrome; heart conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies; solid organ transplantation; obesity and severe obesity (body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher); pregnancy; sickle cell disease; or type 2 diabetes mellitus
The speed with which we can vaccinate all our patients who meet these criteria will be determined by vaccine supply, which continues to be substantially less than needed for all those eligible. UTSW will distribute vaccines as quickly as possible when they are received.