FEMA site to open in Houston this week

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Experts estimate Texas fell behind by 1 million vaccinations when the winter storm knocked out energy and water final week.

HOUSTON — Last week’s winter storm crippled the state’s skill to sustain with COVID-19 vaccinations. Vaccine shipments had been delayed and with out energy or water vaccine hubs throughout Houston had no alternative however to shut down.

Now, officers are racing to catch up.

Experts estimate Texas fell behind by about 1 million vaccinations due to the storm. But a brand new FEMA site scheduled to open in Houston later this week ought to assist make up for the lost time.

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“Every week lost is a tragedy,” Dr. Peter Hotez stated. “We have no choice but we have to catch up this coming week.”

With Texas and many of the nation thawing out, shipments are resuming.

“We’ve been able to get 2 million of those 6 million doses out. We expect to rapidly catch up this week … fill that backlog,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated.

Texas is about to obtain greater than 1.5 million doses by mid-week. More than 40,000 are heading to FEMA’s new neighborhood vaccination site at NRG Park.

“That will be 6,000 vaccines per day for six to eight weeks,” Mayor Sylvester Turner stated.

It’s anticipated to assist Houston make up lost floor quicker.

“You might say, ‘We lost a week. What’s the big deal?’ But my worry is the stakes are high because of new variants now permeating the U.S,” Hotez stated.

Hotez stated velocity issues. The quicker we vaccinate, the faster we will sluggish neighborhood unfold. Because of the storm, Texas is now almost final in the nation with solely 11% of our inhabitants having acquired the primary dose of the vaccine.

“We’ve got to really step up our game in order to catch up so we’re at least back in the middle of the country by next week,” Hotez stated.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Turner plan to announce new particulars of the FEMA site and the way it will work at a 4 p.m. information convention on Monday.

Stay with KHOU 11 News for protection of the announcement.

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