The County of Dallas keeps going. Efforts to vaccinate against COVID-19 are slackening across the state.
ByFunAsia 09 Oct 2021 10:32 PM 118

Only 11,000 people in the county receive first dosages each week. That is down from around 35,000 people just a few weeks ago. Dallas County's most reliable tools for increasing COVID-19 immunizations include pop-up clinics, door-to-door outreach, and data analysis to target marginalized groups. However, fewer people are receiving their initial vaccination.

County authorities, such as Dallas County health director Philip Huang and County Judge Clay Jenkins, are now hopeful that new federal standards and corporate leaders will assist in the efforts by demanding the injections.

Local governments get prohibited from enforcing vaccine mandates under state directives signed by Gov. Greg Abbott, but federal requirements and companies are allowed.

Huang told county commissioners last week that only 11,000 people in the county are receiving first doses each week. That is down from around 35,000 cases a few weeks ago when delta variant cases were at an all-time high. Approximately 62 percent of eligible Dallas County residents have received all of their vaccines, up from 58 percent this time last month.

Recent changes have made more people eligible for additional dosages, including boosters for some. Vaccinations for youngsters aged 5 to 11 appear to be on the horizon as well. Because the vaccination is readily available, not just at county-run clinics but also pharmacies, grocery shops, and other locations, the county hasn't observed a surge in demand for the doses.

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