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'Significant portion' of vaccines shipped out in Texas might be sitting on shelves, state urging quick action to give all shots

The state says "every day a vaccine sits on the shelf is another day that prolongs the pandemic," and is worried that there are many shots still waiting to be given

BEAUMONT, Texas — The state is urging 'entities that have been allotted vaccine to administer their entire allotment with all deliberate speed.' 

According to a letter shared by the Texas Department of State Health Services, there 'may be unnecessary delays' in giving all shots and reporting those using the state's registry. 

The letter, issued by Commissioner John Hellerstedt, said a 'significant portion' of vaccines in Texas likely haven't been administered yet. The Texas Division of Emergency Management tweeted the letter on Christmas Eve. 

"We also know that every day a vaccine sits on the shelf is another day that prolongs the pandemic that is hindering our state's economy and way of life," Hellerstedt said in the letter. 

The department is asking facilities with the vaccine to 'add timeliness' and use 'a sense of urgency' to use the shots that have been shipped out. 

"We trust that you know your situation far better than we could, so we ask you to take the initiative and push forward aggressively with administering all the vaccine dose you have received," the letter continued.  

RELATED: 'No vaccine should be kept in reserve:' State officials pushing for quicker shot administration to healthcare workers, Texans over 65

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