UPDATED 5:45 PM PT – Friday, January 15, 2021
Texas became the first state to administer 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses. Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) announced the milestone on Thursday, saying the Lone Star State is leading the nation in its vaccine program.
Abbott said the state opened up vaccination hubs and expanded its vaccine eligibility.
“As you know, we’ve now opened up an additional category and that is anybody over the age of 65 or older, or people under the age of 65 who face or deal with certain chronic healthcare conditions that have been pre-identified,” Abbott announced.
Texas continues to lead America for the number of vaccines administered.
We also rank #1 among the 20 largest states for the percentage of doses administered.
Thanks to all the front line healthcare workers who are achieving these results.
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— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) January 16, 2021
Abbott pledged Texas would have no more lockdowns, blasting California for shutting down businesses which only resulted in a spike of COVID-19 cases.