How can residents of some long-term care facilities receive
On December 11, the Governor announced a new program, the Pharmacy Partnership for
Long Term Care Program, that will allow participating Walgreens and CVS
stores to send staff and vaccines to facilities free of charge. There is
information toward the end of the link that explains how to get stores signed
up for the program.
What’s the latest on vaccine distribution generally?
As outlined in this piece from The Texas Tribune, four Texas sites
received a total of 19,500 vaccines yesterday, with close to a quarter
million more this week being directed to 109 different facilities.
It is still unclear whether there are any payment expectations
that will trickle down to Texas cities, though the League is making numerous
inquiries about these issues with no clear guidance so far (perhaps no news
is good news). Any member city that receives a request for funding
participation from any state agency should email us for follow up: firstname.lastname@example.org. Suffice it
to say, the vaccine rollout is somewhat chaotic.
How are sales taxes holding up during Coronavirus?
Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced that December sales tax distributions to local
governments (cities, counties, transit systems, and special districts) were
down 3.7 percent from December 2019. Cities did a little better
(down 2.5 percent) than the larger local government cohort.
By the way, the League wants to thank Deputy Comptroller Lisa
Craven from Comptroller Hegar’s office for briefing attendees on the state of
Texas’ economy during the League’s Economic Development Conference last
Where can I find archived issues of the TML Coronavirus
TML Coronavirus Updates are archived by date here and by subject here.