News Updates - Texas Department of State Health Services

COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Wasted Report – March 26, 2021
Providers are required to self-report the reason why any vaccine doses that they received were unable to be used to vaccinate a person. The number of doses reported to have been discarded in Texas is 0.07% of the doses shipped to providers.

Reasons vaccine might not be used include:

Storage refrigerator/freezer too warm
Mechanical failure of the refrigerator/freezer
Broken vials or syringes
Spoiled vaccine – vaccine that couldn’t be used within required timeframe
DSHS does outreach to providers reporting discarded doses to ensure that they follow proper storage and handling procedures and to allow them to correct any data entry errors.

A cumulative report will be posted weekly.

COVID-19 Variants – April 6, 2021
Because viruses constantly change through mutation, new variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 are expected to occur. Multiple variants have been documented in Texas and the United States that may spread more easily or cause more serious illness. Current scientific evidence indicates that available vaccines are effective at protecting people from severe illness caused by these variants. Public health officials at the federal, state and local levels continue to study them, monitor their spread, develop strategies to slow their spread and test how variants may respond to existing therapies, vaccines and testing.

Following is an update of sequence confirmed COVID-19 variant of concern cases that were reported to DSHS through last week. The record assigned to TSA K last week was corrected by the PHR and reassigned.

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) – March 15, 2021
DSHS has confirmed 97 cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children. MIS-C is a rare but serious complication associated with COVID-19. The condition causes different body parts to become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes or gastrointestinal organs. Children with MIS-C may have fever and various symptoms, including abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, or feeling extra tired. The cause of MIS-C has not been determined. However, many children with MIS-C had the virus that causes COVID-19 or had been around someone with COVID-19.

Parents and caregivers should contact their child's health care provider if a child shows symptoms of MIS-C. Providers should report suspected cases to their public health department.

While the cause of MIS-C has not been identified, the best way to protect your children against the condition is to take precautions to prevent anyone in your household from getting COVID-19.

MIS-C at a glance:

Age range: 9 months-18 years old (median: 9 years old)
Sex: 59 Male (61%), 38 Female (39%)
Race/Ethnicity: 51 Hispanic (53%), 25 Black (26%), 11 White (11%), 3 Asian (3%), 7 Unknown (7%)
Onset date range (fever): 4/22/20 – 1/1/21
Hospital and ICU admission: 97 Hospitalized (100%), 69 ICU admission (71%)
Outcome: 88 Discharged (91%), 1 Died (1%), 8 Unknown/Lost to Follow-Up (8%)