The Texas Department of State Health Services is asking vaccine providers in Texas to pause all administration of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine following today’s recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.
The pause is recommended following reports of blood clots in six individuals 6 to 13 days after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Right now, these adverse events appear to be extremely rare and are being further evaluated to ensure vaccine safety. People who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider.
None of the cases of blood clots reported at this time have occurred in Texas, where more than 500,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been administered.
DSHS has not been notified of any change in vaccine distribution. Providers that have or receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should continue to store it in the proper conditions. Providers should report all adverse events following any vaccination to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System at vaers.hhs.gov.
DSHS will provide updates as they become available.
This service is provided to you at no charge by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
DR-4586-TX / FS 004 FEMA is committed to providing equal access and delivery of our programs to Texans who were affected by the severe winter storms that began Feb. 11, 2021. That includes anyone requiring specialized assistance. FEMA’s guidance is intended to ensure that individuals who have access and functional needs receive lawful and equal assistance before, during and after a disaster.
Who is Included? People who need assistance due to any condition, whether temporary or permanent, that limits their ability to act. It does not require the individual to have any kind of diagnosis or specific evaluation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25.6 percent of adults in Texas have some type of disability. FEMA provides accommodations at each step in the recovery process. Newspapers, radio, television, social media, flyers, local officials and private sector partners help to spread important recovery information in multiple languages.
Applying for Assistance During the application process, all eligible applicants for FEMA disaster assistance will have equal access to all FEMA programs and services.
When applying for assistance from FEMA, applicants should pay special attention to question number 24 about people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. Answer “yes” to this question if the applicant has a disabiity, special needs, or another health or medical condtiion. This is the best way to note any additional disability-related losses and/or needs such as medical support assistance, durable medical equipment repairs, or replacement of assistive technology that was lost or damaged because of the disaster. (Examples include wheelchair, scooter, walker, CPAP machine, hearing aids, eyeglasses, and screen reader.)
If you need a reasonable accommodation or assistance filling out your FEMA application, please call 833-283-7448 or TTY 800-462-7585. Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should alert FEMA as to the specific number assigned to that service.
When applying for assistance, have the following information readily available: ▪ A current phone number where you can be contacted ▪ Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying ▪ Your Social Security number, if available ▪ A general list of damage and losses, and ▪ If insured, the insurance policy number, and the agent or company name
Be Prepared It is important to prepare before the next disaster strikes. Visit Ready.gov for ideas on making a plan. Before the next storm, the hard of hearing, deaf, and persons with a sensory disability can review “Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities and Other Access and Functional Needs,” a FEMA video presented in English and sign language here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLLMDOScE4g.
Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order (GA-34) lifting the mask mandate in Texas and increasing capacity of all businesses and facilities in the state to 100 percent. The Governor made the announcement at Montelongo’s Mexican Restaurant in Lubbock in an address to the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce.
“With the medical advancements of vaccines and antibody therapeutic drugs, Texas now has the tools to protect Texans from the virus,” said Governor Abbott. “We must now do more to restore livelihoods and normalcy for Texans by opening Texas 100 percent. Make no mistake, COVID-19 has not disappeared, but it is clear from the recoveries, vaccinations, reduced hospitalizations, and safe practices that Texans are using that state mandates are no longer needed. Today’s announcement does not abandon safe practices that Texans have mastered over the past year. Instead, it is a reminder that each person has a role to play in their own personal safety and the safety of others. With this executive order, we are ensuring that all businesses and families in Texas have the freedom to determine their own destiny.”
During his remarks, the Governor discussed the incredible advancements that Texas has made that allow the state to open fully and lift the mask mandate—noting the rapid increase of vaccines. Nearly 5.7 million vaccine shots have been administered to Texans, and the state is now administering almost one million shots each week. By next Wednesday, about 7 million shots will have been administered in Texas and over half of seniors in Texas will have received a vaccine shot. By the end of March, every senior who wants a vaccine should be able to get one. The vaccine supply continues to increase so rapidly that more and more Texans will soon be eligible to receive a vaccine.
The Governor noted that Texas has a surplus of personal protective equipment and can perform over 100,000 COVID-19 tests a day. The state has invested in a variety of anti-body therapeutic drugs that have kept thousands of Texans out of hospitals. Texans have also adopted daily habits that reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure and infection. More than 2.5 million Texans who were lab confirmed for COVID-19 have recovered since the beginning of the pandemic, and experts note the total number of Texans who have recovered from COVID-19 is likely 4-5 times that amount. The number of active COVID-19 cases is the lowest since November—meaning more Texans are recovering from COVID-19 than contracting it.
This executive order rescinds most of the Governor’s earlier executive orders related to COVID-19. Effective next Wednesday, all businesses of any type may open to 100% capacity. Additionally, this order ends the statewide mask mandate in Texas. Businesses may still limit capacity or implement additional safety protocols at their own discretion.
If COVID-19 hospitalizations in any of the 22 hospital regions in Texas get above 15% of the hospital bed capacity in that region for seven straight days, a County Judge in that region may use COVID-19 mitigation strategies. However, County Judges may not impose jail time for not following COVID-19 orders nor may any penalties be imposed for failing to wear a face mask. If restrictions are imposed at a County level, those restrictions may not include reducing capacity to less than 50% for any type of entity.
In response to the Severe Winter Storm, Burnet County has established a location for property owners to dispose of limbs, brush and plants. This is restricted to just tree limbs, brush and plants, no commercial haulers, no lumber, no trash, no rocks, no concrete, no tires, no asphalt nor any paint or chemicals.
Location: 105 Rodeo Drive (Rodeo Arena on 281 South of Marble)
Hours of Operation: Open 7:00am – 3:30 each workday
AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) are encouraging Texans to complete the Self Reporting Damage Survey to help the state identify damages across Texas and help emergency management officials gain an understanding of damages that occurred during the recent winter weather. This data is also needed to provide information to FEMA and highlight the need for federal disaster assistance for individuals.
The voluntary survey, available in both English and Spanish, can be accessed by visiting: www.TDEM.texas.gov/warm. Reporting damage to the Texas Division of Emergency Management is a voluntary activity, is not a substitute for reporting damage to an insurance agency, and does not guarantee disaster relief assistance. “I urge Texans to fill out the Self Reporting Damage Survey and provide crucial information on the winter weather impacts to their home or property,” said Governor Abbott. “The information gleaned from this survey will help our state identify the full impact of this winter weather and help emergency management better serve Texans.”
WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW! We are experiencing unprecedented water use and our water storage tank is critically low.
We need all residents and property owners to immediately check for water line breaks at their home or their neighbor’s house. If you own a vacation home and receive water service from Highland Haven Water System, ask a neighbor to check your home for water leaks immediately.
We have found and turned off water to 10 homes that have significant water line breaks. Most of these homes are vacation/weekend homes or vacant homes.
Report the location of any water suspected water leaks to 830-265-4366. If you have any problems contacting the answering service, call me on my cellphone 512-413-9031.
We will dispatch a technician to that location immediately to turn off the water. Be sure to tell the answering service that it is an emergency.