Dallas County has scheduled an appointment for a new vaccine for the hepatitis C vaccine, which is the only one in the country approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Dr. Mark Adler, who leads the CDC’s Division of Vaccine Development and Immunization, said Thursday that the appointment will be held at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, the day before the county’s April 19 primary election.
“We expect this appointment will take place as scheduled,” Adler said.
He did not provide details about the scope of the appointment or the vaccine.
In the meantime, people in Texas who need to get the vaccine should call the state Department of State Health Services (DSHS) at 1-800-848-2550 or visit dshs.texas.gov.
The county will not be accepting calls for a vaccine appointment.
Christopher Woodford and Dr. James Orenstein, the director of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, have also been invited to speak at the appointment, which will be hosted by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings.
The date and venue of Woodford’s appearance has not yet been announced.
Woodford is the chief medical officer of the Texas Medical Board.
Dr Woodford said in a statement that the “primary goal of the visit is to discuss how we can improve vaccine production in Texas and to improve public health and safety.”
The primary goal of this visit is … to discuss ways we can increase vaccine production and ensure that the public health impact of the pandemic is minimized, Woodford added.