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Texas To Receive 2.5 Million COVID-19 Doses, Most In 1 Week

AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — An allotment of 2.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine is set to arrive in Texas next week, which is the most the state has received in one week.

More than 1 million first doses will be sent to vaccination sites in 200 counties and about 900,000 first and second doses will go to pharmacies, health and dialysis centers, the Texas Department of State Health Services said Friday.

The remaining doses are for people awaiting a second dose.

The department said the state has administered more than 11.8 million doses of the vaccine and the federal Centers for Disease Control reports 27% of the state's population has received at least one dose.

All Texans 16 and older are now eligible to receive the vaccine.

The health department has reported more than 2.4 million virus cases since the pandemic began and 47,639 deaths. The death toll in Texas is the third highest in the nation, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The state health department on Friday reported 2,928 people hospitalized, down from a high of more than 14,000 in January.

(© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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