Texas Medical Center coronavirus updates: vaccine doses up by 70% as patient count drops below 1,700

Since Jan. 25, Texas Medical Center has upped the total number of vaccine doses it has administered by nearly 70%. (Community Impact staff)
Since Jan. 25, Texas Medical Center has upped the total number of vaccine doses it has administered by nearly 70%. (Community Impact staff)

Since Jan. 25, Texas Medical Center has upped the total number of vaccine doses it has administered by nearly 70%. (Community Impact staff)

In roughly two weeks, Texas Medical Center has upped the total number of vaccine doses it has administered by nearly 70%, up from 252,405 as of Jan. 25 to 429,079 as of Feb. 6, according to the medical center's daily data dashboard.

Through those doses, administered at TMC hospitals, more than 126,000 individuals have received their first shot, and nearly 152,000 have been fully vaccinated—a total of about 303,000 doses, counting the initial shot and the booster shot.

The state’s vaccine rollout remains in Phases 1A and 1B, which includes front-line health care workers, people age 65 and older, and people age 16 and older with at least one chronic medical condition.

This comes as the medical center has reported a continued decrease in its positivity rate, which was 9% as of Feb. 6, down from 11.6% as of Jan. 25 and 15.2% as of Jan. 1.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 patient numbers at TMC hospitals have maintained their downward trend with a 20% two-week decrease, down to 1,653.


Intensive care units remain at surge capacity, with 1,432 now occupied, including 470 by COVID-19 patients. Texas Medical Center activated its surge protocols after surpassing 1,330 occupied ICU beds; this action adds 373 beds across TMC hospitals, which span nine counties in Greater Houston, including Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller counties.
By Hunter Marrow
Hunter Marrow came to Community Impact Newspaper in January 2020. Before that, Hunter covered local news in Ontario, OR for three years, covering municipal issues, crime, and education across Malheur County and across the border into Idaho.


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