December 7, 2020 - 1:00pm

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Meeting Site:
Microsoft Office Teams Live

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting will be conducted online using Microsoft Teams only. Join the meeting here.

Closed captioning for this meeting is available. Viewers are asked to highlight the closed captioning symbol "cc" on the bottom of their viewing screen to enable this function.

There is not a physical location for this meeting.

Attendees who would like to provide public comment should see the Public Comment section below.

  1. Call to Order & Welcome Remarks - DSHS Commissioner John Hellerstedt, M.D.
  2. Approval of Meeting Minutes from October 19, 2020 - Task Force Members
  3. COVID-19 Situation Update - Dr. Hellerstedt
  4. COVID-19 Vaccine Update - Saroj Rai, Ph.D.
  5. COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan Update - Imelda Garcia, MPH
  6. Public Comment
  7. Planning and Discussion of Future Meeting Topics - Task Force Members
  8. Adjourn - Dr. Hellerstedt

The Task Force may take any action on any agenda item.

Public Comment: DSHS welcomes public comments pertaining to topics related to the Task Force on Infectious Disease. Members of the public who would like to provide public comment are asked to complete a Public Comment Form here. Members of the public are encouraged to participate in this process by providing written public comment to DSHS by emailing Evelyn Hahn, Legislative and Policy Liaison, Laboratory and Infectious Disease Services Division, DSHS; at TaskForceID@dshs.texas.gov no later than 5:00 p.m. Friday, December 4, 2020. Please include your name and the organization you are representing, or if you are speaking as a private citizen. Written comments are limited to three minutes and will be read during the meeting for consideration by the Task Force. 

If you would like to register to provide oral comments, please mark the correct box on the Public Comment form.  Instructions for providing oral comment will be emailed to you.  Registration should be completed no later than 5:00 p.m. Friday, December 4, 2020. Members of the public may also use the Microsoft Teams Live Event Q&A section to submit a request to provide public comment.  The request must contain your name, the organization you are representing or if you are speaking as a private citizen, and your direct phone number.

Public comment is limited to three minutes.  Speakers must state their name and on whose behalf are speaking on. Public members who are using handouts are asked to provide an electronic copy in accessible pdf format that will be distributed by HHS staff to Task Force members, State staff, and the public. Handouts are limited to two pages (paper size: 8.5” by 11”, one side only) of documentation. Handouts must be emailed to HHSC immediately after registering and include the name of the person who will be commenting.

Questions regarding agenda items, content, or meeting arrangements should be directed to: Evelyn Hahn, Laboratory and Infectious Disease Services Division, DSHS; Phone: (512) 434-9131 or email: TaskForceID@dshs.texas.gov.

This meeting is open to the public. No reservations are required, and there is no cost to attend this meeting.

Persons with disabilities who wish to attend the meeting and require auxiliary aids or services should contact Evelyn Hahn, DSHS, at (512) 434-9131 or TaskForceID@dshs.texas.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements may be made.