It's been such an incredible relief to see the Covid-19 vaccine begin to roll out and to know more and more Texans are protected from the virus. 

In January, adults 65 and older began receiving the vaccine and it's made a huge difference. And now, the circle of those who will be eligible is about to expand.

"We've seen a remarkable decrease in the number of hospitalizations and deaths since people 65 and older started becoming fully vaccinated in January," said Imelda Garcia. "Expanding to ages 50 to 64 will continue the state's priorities of protecting those at the greatest risk of severe outcomes and preserving the state's health care system."

Garcia is the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) associate commissioner for laboratory and infectious disease services and chair of the Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel.

CBS Austin reports "the department says that more than 93 percent of the Texas fatalities directly caused by the coronavirus have been in people 50 and older, with those ages 50 to 64 accounting for 20 percent of all fatalities."

So how many Texans have been vaccinated at this point? Take a look at our sister station's previous article for those details here. But basically, about half of our Texas seniors have received a dose--and about 30 percent are now fully protected.

And even more good news? CVS has added 74 new vaccine sites here in Texas--and yes, some of those are in East Texas. We've also just learned that Target is planning to join forces with CVS in order to offer the Covid-19 vaccine, as well.

Looking forward to the day when all East Texans are fully vaccinated. Hopefully that day is coming very soon. 

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While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.

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Stacker used data from the 2020 County Health Rankings to rank every state's average life expectancy from lowest to highest. The 2020 County Health Rankings values were calculated using mortality counts from the 2016-2018 National Center for Health Statistics. The U.S. Census 2019 American Community Survey and America's Health Rankings Senior Report 2019 data were also used to provide demographics on the senior population of each state and the state's rank on senior health care, respectively.

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