The first doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine arrived today (Dec. 17) at Terrell State Hospital.

Hospital staff will be the first to be vaccinated. The hospital was expected to receive 975 doses.

A total of 19,500 doses of the Pfizer vaccine were received at sites in Texas on Monday morning. An additional 19 sites received 75,075 doses on Tuesday, according to the Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Additional shipments were expected later in the week. The initial doses are intended to vaccinate frontline healthcare workers.

“Seeing the first doses of vaccine arrive in Texas is an important milestone signaling that a return to our way of life is within sight,” said Dr. John Hellerstedt, DSHS commissioner, in a prepared statement. “We cannot stop short of the finish line. This hope should lift our spirits and strengthen our resolve to do what must be done to end the pandemic.”

A separate vaccine manufactured by Moderna is expected to begin shipments to Texas next week.

Kaufman County this week hit a milestone in the pandemic when the 100th COVID-19 fatality was reported. The pandemic shows no signs of easing here or elsewhere. Forty new infections were reported in Kaufman County on Dec. 15, according to DSHS. Kaufman County had an estimated 448 active cases of COVID-19 on Dec. 15, DSHS numbers show.

Since the start of the pandemic, Kaufman County has experienced 7,317 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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