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People line up in cars to get vaccinated against COVID-19 at a federally-run mass vaccination site at NRG Stadium in Houston on Feb. 26, 2021.

2021 in photos: Texans navigated COVID-19, weathered power outages and witnessed an increase in border crossings

As 2021 comes to a close, here’s a look back at just some of our favorite images captured by Texas Tribune photographers all over the state — and across the nation — to tell the stories of Texans in a challenging year.

Long lines of people waited to receive their COVID-19 vaccine at Fair Park, where Dallas County opened its first "mega" vaccination site.
Cameron County residents wait to recieve the COVID-19 vaccine at a drive-in distribution site in Los Fresnos on Jan. 22, 2021.
Beverly Mills, a teacher at Anderson Elementary School, speaks to pharmacist Ilana Druker before getting vaccinated at Houston Independent School District’s Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center on January 9, 2021 in Houston. HISD partnered with Kroger to administer the covid-19 Moderna vaccine to educators, police officers and school nurses as part of Phase 1A and 1B of the vaccine rollout. (May-Ying Lam for The Texas Tribune)
People waited for hours to receive their drive-thru COVID-19 vaccine at the Fair Park vaccination site in Dallas. Feb. 8, 2021.
An eastbound view of East Stassney Lane in south Austin on Feb. 15, 2021.
From left: Logan Roerig and David Dobrinsky skid bikes through the snow in Austin, Feb. 15, 2021.
Megan Linden sits in her car to warm up and charge her phone in East Austin on Feb. 17, 2021.
Food pantry manager Farrah Rivera map out routes to resident rooms at the Rebekah Baines Johnson Center in Austin on Feb. 17, 2021.
Nicole Colato, 12, holds her sibling Christian Colato, 8, at Gallery Furniture, which opened to the public as a warming center, on Feb. 16, 2021 in Houston. The snowfall on Feb. 15 continued to cause problems in Houston as well as other parts of Texas.
The Blanco Vista neighborhood of San Marcos is blanketed with several inches of snow as a massive winter weather system causes power outages across Texas on Feb. 15, 2021.
DanaÎ Gutierrez, founder of Harvest Project Food Rescue, drives the bus carrying hundreds of meals, blankets, and warm clothes to distribute in Dallas after the winter storm.
Amanda Zhang, right, attends a rally at Discovery Green on March 20, 2021, in Houston. People gathered for the Stop Asian Hate Vigil and Rally after a man killed eight, including six Asians, in a mass shooting at three Atlanta spas.
Flowers lay atop a sign at Discovery Green on March 20, 2021, in Houston. People gathered for the Stop Asian Hate Vigil and Rally after a man killed eight, including six Asians, in a mass shooting at three Atlanta spas.
Hundreds of people gathered to take collective action against Asian hate during the Stop Asian Hate Rally and Vigil at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, on April 17, 2021.
LaChay Batts leads a chant saying Marvin Scott IIIís name at a demonstration outside of the Collin County Jail to demand justice for Marvin Scott III, who died while in custody at the jail on March 14, 2021. Family, friends and supporters have gathered at the jail every night since his death to demand the arrest of the 7 detention officers involved.
Marvin Scott III's mother LaSandra Scott prays at the end of a demonstration outside of the Collin County Jail. People gathered to demand justice for Marvin Scott III, who died while in custody at the jail on March 14, 2021.
Melinda Whittemore participates in a demonstration held by Next Generation Action Network at the Collin County Courthouse in McKinney to demand justice for Marvin Scott III, who died while in custody at the Collin County Jail on March 14, 2021.
Rosa Ramos has her sugar levels checked by a health worker at the Amistad Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Uvalde on April 1, 2021.
Marie Sanders looks out the window in a family visitation room at Focused Care at Humble on April 1, 2021, in Humble.
Executive Director of Operations Jeannie Dupree hugs her grandmother, Pauline, at Focused Care at Brenham, a nursing home that experienced an outbreak of COVID-19 positive patients after the winter storm in Texas, on Thursday, April 1, 2021. Dupree is grateful her grandmother lives in the facility she directs so she could have visitors during the pandemic.
Rosa Ramos and Rebecca Pargas watch television while drinking coffee at the Amistad Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on April 1, 2021.
Brenda Ramos visits the grave of her son, Michael Ramos, at Assumption Cemetery in Austin on April 19, 2021.  Ramos was shot and killed by Austin police officer Christopher Taylor last year.
inside a locker room at the McKinney ISD Stadium and Community Event Center in McKinney, Texas. The Pfizer vaccinations were for McKinney ISD students ages 12 and older and their parents or legal guardians.
Israel Cheathem, 5, bottom left, waits in line with his sisters Zoey Cheathem, 14, right, and Trinity Cheathem, 15, so the teenagers could receive a COVID-19 vaccine at a site hosted by McKinney ISD and the McKinney Fire Department, on May 20, 2021 outside the McKinney ISD Stadium and Community Event Center in McKinney, Texas. McKinney ISD students ages 12 or older, along with their parents, received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Ben Torres for the Texas Tribune
People protest against a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all hospital employees outside Houston Methodist Hospital in Baytown, Texas on June 7, 2021. Employees who chose not to inoculate themselves by the hospital's Monday deadline faced suspension without pay and job termination, a policy criticized by the protesters as unfair and unauthorized.
The Saddle Sores at the White Horse on June 9, 2021.
Carolina Rascon, Sarahi Diaz, and Suzanne Oviedo gather on the Discovery Green social distancing circles in Downtown Houston on June 13, 2021.
Rene Gonzales dances with his partner at the Mercedes Flea Market. Mercedes, TX. June 13, 2021.
At left, Marta Linares and her family watch a movie at the WesMer Drive-In Theatre in Mercedes. They have been coming to the theatre once a month for the past 15 years.
Lisa Smith, Denise Weeks, Latarshia Hall react to Vivian Greenís performance during the I Am Juneteenth festival at the Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth on June 19, 2021.
Fireworks conclude the I Am Juneteenth festival at the Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth on June 19, 2021.
A fireworks show happily surprised some children during the conclusion of the I Am Juneteenth festival at the Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth on June 19, 2021.
Children look through the border wall to their family in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico from El Paso, Texas on June 19, 2021.
From left: Central Texas Food Bank volunteers Melanie Engerski, Annette Baker, and Laura Dennis, load boxes of food into an individual’s car at a distribution event for people facing increasing food insecurity at the Travis County Expo Center on July 1, 2021.
A man gazes up at a stained glass window in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church while exiting the church with other asylum seekers in Mission on Aug. 3, 2021.
Judith Anderson-Bruess poses for a portrait at her home in Newark, DE on Aug. 11, 2021.
Patients receive COVID-19 antibody infusions at Titus Regional Medical Center in Mount Pleasant on Aug. 19, 2021. The antibody infusion is performed at the earlier stages of infection, which can reduce the chance of hospitalization by 70%.
Registered Nurse Lori Kelley dons an N95 mask and other PPE before entering the room of a COVID-19 patient at Goodall-Witcher Hospital in Clifton on Wednesday, August 3, 2021.
A nurse dons full PPE before entering the room of a COVID-19 patient at Goodall-Witcher Hospital in Clifton on Wednesday, August 3, 2021.
Tristeza Ordex is an activist in Tarrant County voicing her concern over the proposed redistricting of Senate District 10, with the new version reaching into more conservative Parker and Johnson counties.
Tomas Garcia looks out of his home in Houston on Sept. 8, 2021.
James Whitfield, 43, principal at Colleyville Heritage High School in Colleyville, who has been placed on leave by the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District after being accused of teaching critical race theory at his high school. Photographed at his home in Hurst, on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021.
Billy Smith, 61, lived at the homeless encampment under I-35 near APD headquarters for a year until it was cleared on September 29, 2021.
Migrants cross the Rio Grande between Del Rio and Cuidad Acuna, Mexico on Sept. 16, 2021.
Migrants cross the Rio Grande between Del Rio, TX and Acuna, MX to bring supplies such as food, water, clothing, and shelter back to a temporary migrant camp under the international bride in Del Rio on Friday, Sep 17, 2021.
Migrants cross the Rio Grande with food, water, shelter, clothing, and other supplies as they prepare to spend the night under the International Bridge in Del Rio on September 16, 2021.
The University of Texas at Austin holds its commencement for the class of 2020 on Sept. 17, 2021. The ceremony had been postponed due to concerns regarding COVID-19.
Chiara Sunshine Beaumont at the Circle Acres Nature Preserve in Austin on Sept. 18, 2021. Chiara held a cleansing ceremony at the park in late August 2021.
Maria Bottazzi and Peter Hotez in the Tropical Medicine Lab in the Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development on Oct. 5, 2021, in Houston.
A vendor sells lit up balloons at the Día de los Muertos parade at the Dallas City Hall in Dallas, TX on October 30, 2021.
People attend the Día de Los Muertos parade at the Dallas City Hall in Dallas, TX on October 30, 2021.
Dancers in the Día de los Muertos parade at the Dallas City Hall in Dallas, TX on October 30, 2021.
Nurses point out how they avoided a mosquito bite to ten-year-old Miranda Morales after she received her first dose of the Pfizer pediatric COVID-19 vaccine at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center in Houston, TX, on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021.
Reverend Erika Forbes had two abortions, once when she was 14 and once when she was 18 years-old, despite taking birth control. “The reality is if SB8 were in effect whenever I had my abortions, my life would have been decimated. I would never had gone on to college, I wouldn’t have gotten my master’s, I wouldn’t be the minister I am now.”
Susana Garcia, left, embraces her sister, Martha Garcia, near the Paso del Norte International Port of Entry after not seeing her for nearly 2 years, Monday, November 8, 2021, in El Paso, TX. Garcia is one of the first persons to cross into El Paso from Juarez after the reopening of the border to vaccinated nonessential travelers. The border had been closed for nearly 20 months due to the global pandemic.
CBP agents check documents on the Paso Del Norte International Bridge in El Paso, Texas after the United States opened the border with Mexico on November 8, 2021.
A woman commutes across the U.S-Mexico border crossing in Laredo, TX on Nov. 9, 2021.
Families are turned away from making their asylum claims at the Paso del Norte  International Bridge after the Biden administration announced they would stop metering families at ports of entry into the United States. CBP agents told the asylum seekers they were at capacity before calling Mexican INM officials to remove them from the bridge. Earlier in the day the United States opened land borders to vaccinated people from Mexico. El Paso, Texas on November 8, 2021.
Maddox Cozart, 12, plays at a park in Temple on Dec. 8, 2021. Maddox was placed in in-school suspension over his hairstyle earlier this year.
Tambra Morrison holds her 7-month-old daughter Kalani as they watch her other two children Kayden and Kynnedi climb the park jungle gym at Red Bird Park in Duncanville, TX on August 14, 2021.
Spectators look at the balloons during the McAllen Holiday Parade in McAllen on Dec. 4, 2021.

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