Metro Health reports nearly 60% of county’s population fully vaccinated

More than 1.2 million people over 12 have received one COVID-19 vaccine dose; 993,844 fully vaccinated

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District reported 228,638 total COVID-19 cases and 3,571 total deaths in Bexar County. The 7-day rolling average is 126 cases, and four new deaths were reported this week.

Metro Health also reported that 155 patients are hospitalized, 54 are in the intensive care unit and 18 are on ventilators. There are 8% of staffed beds available and 73% of ventilators available.

The Metro Health vaccine statistics dashboard reports 1,224,955 (73.7%) people over the age of 12 have received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose, and 993,844 (59.8%) are fully vaccinated in Bexar County.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Wednesday that the Delta variant has become the dominate strain in the United States.

Metro Health is stressing the importance of getting vaccinated as the number of new infections rises.

“We know that people who are vaccinated are really unlikely to have a serious infection, to be hospitalized. Something like more than 99 percent of people who have died have been not vaccinated since January,” said Dr. Junda Woo, Metro Health medical director.

The Delta variant is more transmissible than the original strain of COVID-19, Woo said.

“We could see a larger proportion of Black and Hispanic people infected than we have seen up until now just because of the vaccination rates and because people being more casual. I would really hate to see that,” she said.

Spurs tickets and other merchandise will be given away at two vaccination clinics this month in hopes of encouraging more people to get vaccinated. You can find more information here.

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