Who is Eligible for the Vaccine?
For up to date information, please always check the Texas Department of State Health Services website
As of Monday, March 29, 2021, everyone age 16 and older is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas.
Remember, as of now (04/04/2021), Pfizer is 16yo+ and Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are 18yo+. This might be subject to change as more data is gathered on the vaccine. There are currently trials for administering the vaccine in younger populations.
Below is Old / Archived Info on Eligibility
According to the Texas DSHS, this is what is currently listed as qualifiers under 1a and 1b:
- Phase 1A: Front-line healthcare workers and residents at long-term care facilities
- Phase 1B: People 65+ or people 16+ with a health condition that increases risk of severe COVID‑19 illness, including but not limited to:
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Down Syndrome
- Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
- Organ transplantation
- Obesity (BMI of 30 kg/m2 or higher)
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes
If you have a medical condition not listed above, you may still qualify for the vaccine. Talk to your provider to confirm. Note that under 1b it says including but not limited to. According to the CDC, adults of any age with the following conditions might be at an increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19:
- Being a current or former cigarette smoker
- Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
- Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Hypertension or high blood pressure
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
- Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
- Liver disease
- Overweight (BMI > 25 kg/m2, but < 30 kg/m2)
- Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
- Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)
- Type 1 diabetes mellitus
Use your best judgement when signing up under the 1b category. You may want to get a note from your doctor verifying your condition and/or 1b eligibility just in case. For more info on the CDC's definition of underlying medical conditions that qualify for 1b, see here.
- Phase 1C: People 50 to 64 years of age
TEXAS TEACHERS ARE NOW ELIGIBLE
All K-12 teachers, preschool and daycare staff, and associated workers who might not be a teacher are now eligible according to the Texas DSHS, see official notice here.
The federal directive defined the people eligible as, "those who work in pre-primary, primary, and secondary schools, as well as Head Start and Early Head Start programs (including teachers, staff, and bus drivers) and those who work as or for licensed child care providers, including center-based and family care providers."
As of 03/04/2021, I am only seeing the drop down option for teachers with CVS, UTSW, and the Dallas County registry - but I am sure more will adopt this very soon.