Last Updated: March 8, 2021, 1 p.m.
Tarrant County Public Health is administering vaccines in phases, where appointments will first go to those most at-risk of catching, spreading, or dying from COVID-19. If you are eligible, please register on the Tarrant County vaccine webpage, local pharmacies, or a personal healthcare provider.
Who is eligible?
According to State guidelines, the following people are eligible:
|Hospitalized people receiving direct care||People older than 65|
|Residents in long-term care facilities||Those older than 16, with at least one chronic medical|
|EMS and 9-1-1 personnel||condition, including pregnancy.|
|Home healthcare providers|
|People receiving outpatient services|
|People in emergency rooms and receiving urgent care|
As of March 3, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services expanded vaccine eligibility to include people who work in school and child care operations.
“those who work in pre-primary, primary, and secondary schools, as well as Head Start and Early Head Start programs (including teachers, staff, and bus drivers) and those who work as or for licensed child care providers, including center-based and family care providers.”
What if I'm not eligible?
The Tarrant County Public Health Department is encouraging everyone who would like the vaccine to register so as more people become eligible, they will already be in the registration system.
State of Texas Vaccine Information
View additional information regarding qualifying individuals on the Texas Department of State Health Services website. For more helpful vaccine information, check out the Texas DSHS COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ pdf. The FAQ is divided into categories and includes basic vaccine information, planning and distribution, effectiveness, safety, and more.
The Texas Department of State Health Services has released the locations and directions on how to sign-up to receive a vaccine at one of the vaccine hubs around Texas, on its vaccine hub webpage.
The vaccine remains limited based on the capacity of the manufacturers to produce it, so it will take time for Texas to receive enough vaccine for the people in the priority populations who want to be vaccinated. The supply is expected to increase in the coming months. There is no need to reserve shots for a second dose because the providers will get a matching number of second doses at the appropriate time and will notify first-dose recipients.
For more information on COVID-19 vaccine and its availability at dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine.aspx.
Bedford COVID-19 Statistics
All COVID-19 data for the City of Bedford is handled by the Tarrant County Public Health Department and updated regularly on its webpage. To see the City of Bedford statistics, click on the "Cases by Location" blue tab.
For more information that's not listed on the TCPH webpage, the County has set-up a COVID-19 hotline at 817-248-6299.
City of Bedford Response
March 3, 2021 Update
At this time, the Bedford Mayor and City Council have not issued any mandates for the City of Bedford regarding masks, large gatherings, or special events. As a reminder, cities and counties are permitted to adopt their own orders so long as these orders do not conflict with the Governor’s orders. The City attorney will provide an update during the Council workshop scheduled for Tuesday, March 9 at 5:30 p.m. and can be viewed at www.bedfordtx.gov/bedfordtv.
The City is in the process of deciding how Gov. Abbott’s order will affect mask-wearing, facility hours, occupancy levels, and openings of City facilities. When those decisions are finalized, they will be posted on the City’s website and social media channels.
Tarrant County Response
March 2, 2021 Update
In response to Gov. Abbot's latest Executive Order, Tarrant County Judge B. Glen Whitley rescinded his County-level mask order. However, the statewide mask order remains in place. Masks will continue to be required until March 10.
Masks will still be required in County-owned buildings and property at this time.
State of Texas Response
March 2, 2021 Update
Gov. Abbott announced he is rescinding most of his COVID-19-related statewide mandates on Wednesday, March 10, which includes:
- Allowing the statewide mask order to expire on March 10
- Returning ALL businesses to 100 percent capacity (includes restaurants/retailers)
Despite large gatherings not being specifically addressed, Gov. Abbott’s new executive order states it supersedes a previous Executive Order (GA-32) where large outdoor gatherings were restricted. Please see the City of Bedford section below for more information on large gatherings and special events.
Although much of the restrictions will go away, Gov. Abbot’s latest Executive Order allows for County-level restrictions. Specifically, if a Trauma Service Area sees COVID-19-related hospitalizations above 15 percent for seven consecutive days, County judges have the ability to issue orders of their own to control the case increase. If restrictions are imposed at a County level, those restrictions may not include reducing capacity to less than 50 percent for any type of entity.
The Trauma Service Area that covers much of North Texas, including Bedford, hit the COVID-19-related hospitalization milestone in early December 2020, and was able to roll back enhanced restrictions two weeks ago on February 16.
Gov. Abbott’s reasoning for these changes include the abundance of personal protective equipment, access to COVID tests, antibody therapeutic drugs to reduce hospitalizations, and, most importantly, vaccines. So far, 5.7 million Texans have received their vaccine, with a rate of more than one million people receiving their vaccines per week now.
In January, the CDC issued an order requiring masks to be worn by travelers and operators on public transportation including airplanes, subways, buses, and ride-shares. Refusal to do so could result in penalties under federal law.
Individual businesses, organizations, and government entities have the right to require employees and patrons to wear masks.
February 10, 2021 Update
Governor Greg Abbott recently announced that the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) has launched the Texas Rent Relief Program — the first statewide rent and utility assistance program for qualifying households throughout Texas. This program has been created to administer the more than $1 billion allocated to Texas through the latest federal COVID-19 stimulus bill. TDHCA is accepting applications now and Texans can visit TexasRentRelief.com starting today to learn more about qualifications, required documents, and the application process.