Congressman Van Taylor Leads Bipartisan Effort to Secure Lifesaving Vaccines for Texans

Texas Delegation Urges CDC to Use Updated Population Data

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Washington, March 1, 2021 | Anna Raquel McCormack ((202) 570-0927) | comments
Congressman Van Taylor (R-TX-03), alongside Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee (D-TX-18), and twenty seven Members of the Texas Congressional Delegation called on the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to ensure Texas receives an adequate and fair supply of COVID-19 vaccines as dictated by science.
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WASHINGTON - Last week, Congressman Van Taylor (R-TX-03), alongside Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee (D-TX-18), and twenty seven Members of the Texas Congressional Delegation called on the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to ensure Texas receives an adequate and fair supply of COVID-19 vaccines as dictated by science.

Specifically, the letter sent by the bipartisan group to CDC Director Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky urges the agency to update their COVID-19 vaccine distribution formula which currently relies on outdated 2018 Census data, and as a result fails to meet the current population demands of Texas.

Congressman Van Taylor, Republican lead of the letter, said, "As a data-driven legislator, I am frustrated to see the CDC’s current vaccine allocation fails to account for nearly 1.5 million Texans. CDC decisions regarding vaccine distribution should accurately reflect each state’s population and correlating health safety needs. Texans deserve the same opportunity as Americans living in other states to receive the COVID-19 vaccine."

Texas has witnessed tremendous population growth for more than two decades. According to U.S. Census Bureau Decennial Evaluation Estimates, in 2020, Texas lead the United States in total numeric population growth for the 14th year in a row, with an estimated population of 29,360,759, or approximately 8.91 percent of the total U.S. population.

Despite rapid population growth in Texas, CDC officials continue using data from the 2018 American Community Survey to determine vaccine allocations. However, this 2018 data records a population of 27,885,195 for the State of Texas which is 1,475,564 less than the Census Bureau’s 2020 Evaluation Estimates.

The bipartisan letter led by Representatives Van Taylor and Sheila Jackson Lee, was signed by Representatives Louie Gohmert (R-TX-01), Dan Crenshaw (R-TX-02), Pat Fallon (R-TX-04), Lance Gooden (R-TX-05), Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX-07), Kevin Brady (R-TX-08), Al Green (D-TX-09), Michael T. McCaul (R-TX-10), August Pfluger (R-TX-11), Kay Granger (R-TX-12), Ronny Jackson (R-TX-13), Randy K. Weber (R-TX-14), Veronica Escobar (D-TX-16), Jodey C. Arrington (R-TX-19), Joaquin Castro (D-TX-20), Chip Roy (R-TX-21), Tony Gonzales (R-TX-23), Roger Williams (R-TX-25), Michael C. Burgess (R-TX-26), Michael Cloud (R-TX-27), Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28), Sylvia R. Garcia (D-TX-29), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30), John R. Carter (R-TX-31), Colin Allred (D-TX-32) Filemon Vela (D-TX-34), and Brian Babin (R-TX-36).

The complete letter can be found here.
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