DHS Secretary congratulates Bexar County on exceeding vaccination target
San Antonio – A senior federal official praised the city of San Antonio and Bexar County for their COVID-19 vaccination efforts during a visit to a mass vaccination site on Tuesday.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas praised the work that allowed Bexar County to surpass President Joe Biden’s target of having a partial vaccination rate of 70% among adults by 4th July. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the country as a whole has still not reached that mark, local data shows that Bexar County has.
According to the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, 72.6 percent of Bexar County residents 12 years and older are at least partially vaccinated.
“What San Antonio has achieved is a model for those who haven’t, because what San Antonio will be able to deliver is normalcy faster to its residents,” said Mayorkas, who visited the site. University Health’s Wonderland of the Americas on a trip to the town of Alamo to speak with DHS employees. “And I hope other cities will see what San Antonio has done and can do, and the results of a vaccinated public and what that means for their daily lives, the daily lives of their children, and follow suit. It will be a model to reproduce.
The federal government has pushed for more people to get vaccinated. Within days of Independence Day weekend, 66.2% of adults in the United States and 63.4% of people aged 12 or older, have received at least one vaccine, according to the CDC.
Around Texas, Department of State Health Services statistics show that 57.5% of Texans aged 12 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. However, this figure is probably low. Unlike local Metro Health numbers, it does not include doses provided by the Department of Defense or the Department of Veterans Affairs, where many servicemen and veterans have likely received their shots.
San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, who joined Mayorkas on his visit to the vaccination site, said San Antonio is not yet finished.
“We are not isolated, and we are – we all know the virus is circulating, including the alarming Delta variant. They are still there. While the Delta variant has been confirmed in Austin, but not yet in San Antonio, public health experts assume it’s already there, ”Nirenberg said.
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