TACHC – DSHS Collaboration "Latest Vaccines Update for COVID-19 and the Flu Season 2020-21"

09/17/2020 - 09/17/2020

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12:00-1:00 PM CT


Health Care Providers and Clinic Managers, Nursing Supervisors, Vaccine Champions:

Guests Speakers:

Dr. Tony Aragon , Immunization Unit Director for the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

Dr. Aragon has over 10 years work experience with DSHS in which all of those years working have been either for the Immunization or Emerging & Acute Infectious disease programs.  The major goal of the DSHS Immunization Unit is to eliminate the spread of vaccine preventable diseases by:

• Increasing vaccine coverage for Texans

• Raising awareness of the diseases that vaccines prevent

• Educating the public about vaccine safety

Denise Starkey, Adolescent and Adult Immunization Coordinator Immunization Unit for DSHS


The DSHS ASN Program was developed to ensure that uninsured adults (> 19 yr olds), have access to recommended vaccinations. Texas has a significant number of adults who have not received the recommended vaccines and are at increased risk of contracting vaccine-preventable diseases.  The ASN Program helps to address this issue by providing uninsured adults at no cost to enrolled providers. The ASN program has received increased funding from CDC to be able to include free flu vaccines to adults that are uninsured and underinsured.

Furthermore, once the COVID-19 becomes available, the ASN will provide a channel to access the new vaccine directly to the health center sites enrolled in the ASN. 

This webinar will provide an  overview and update on the COVID-19 vaccine and provide support and guidance to prepare for the 2020-21 Flu Season, as well as a quick overview on enrollment opportunities and processes. We will also provide information on the new multiplex assay, which tests for the Flu and COVID-19, which will become critical to be able to do in an efficient manner this flu season.


For content information contact  Roxana Cruz.  For registration questions contact TaSheena Mitchell.