Get vaccinated, still too early to claim victory over COVID-19 in Harris County

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A healthcare worker at a Central Texas senior living facility readies a syringe of COVID-19 vaccine to administer to a facility resident on Jan 25, 2021. (Nexstar Photo/Ed Zavala)

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HOUSTON (CW39) COVID-19 numbers continue to go down in the Houston area, but Harris County health officials are still urging Houstonians to get vaccinated to continue to help stop the spread of the virus.

At this time, 58% percent of Harris County residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine and almost 48% of ages 12 and up are fully vaccinated, according to Harris County Public Health (HCPH) officials. However, that means nearly half are not and still at risk for getting the virus. To ensure cases continue to decline, more people must get fully vaccinated.

Unvaccinated residents are not only at risk of contracting the virus but spreading it to others, including children under the age of 12 who can’t be vaccinated, according to HCPH. Officials also say to be cautious when you’re public with your family since most people are not wearing masks, more than half are not vaccinated and some could be infected. In addition, many people who are sick with the virus don’t know they have it. Four out of ten infected people have no symptoms but are still contagious. Harris County Public Health recommends all adults get vaccinated and that parents of 12-17 year-old children get them vaccinated, according to health officials.

Vaccines are free at HCPH vaccination sites throughout Harris County and no appointment is needed. To find one near you, click here. If you prefer to make an appointment, go to vacstrac.hctx.net or call 832-927-8787.

Twelve to 17-year-olds are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine. They must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to be vaccinated or bring a consent form signed by their parent or guardian. Consent forms are at vacstrac.hctx.net.  

Parents with children under 12 should get them tested frequently to see if they have COVID-19. If they are infected, parents can monitor them to make sure they don’t develop serious symptoms and keep them isolated, so they don’t infect others.  Testing is free, quick at HCPH sites and results come back in 48 hours. No appointments are needed, click here to find a site near you or call 832-927-7575. 

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