“This is science. Vaccines work, and they work much more effectively if people get both doses,” he added. “Using emotions, or opinions people get off of nonreputable sources, is not helping.”
Doctors were already fearful about Texas’ lagging vaccination rate. As of Sept. 11, roughly 49% of Texans were fully vaccinated, according to DSHS. Nationally, just under 54% are fully vaccinated.
Percent of Texans fully vaccinated
As of Sept. 12, about 49% of Texas’ 29 million people have been fully vaccinated — 83% of Texans are age 12 and older and thus eligible for a vaccine.
But second-shot hesitancy is equally concerning, especially as the highly contagious delta variant has sparked a new surge in cases and a sharp increase in hospitalizations and deaths. Against the delta variant, McDeavitt said, the effectiveness of one dose is akin to “not being vaccinated at all.”
COVID-19 vaccine doses reported each day
The state has administered 29.9 million doses as of Sept. 12. The number of doses reported each day may include doses from previous days.
This story originally published by the Texas Tribune.