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More than 29% of Travis County adults at least partially vaccinated
Monday, March 29, 2021 by Elizabeth Pagano
On Friday, Austin Public Health confirmed that more than 29 percent of adults in Travis County have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. About 12 percent of that population is fully vaccinated. In other heartening news, populations that have been fully vaccinated are showing a vast decrease in Covid infections. As of March 18, long-term care facilities reported only six new cases over the previous two weeks, which is a staggering 98 percent decrease compared to Jan. 21, which saw 273 new cases over the same time period. Today, March 29, marks expanded eligibility to all adults, and APH is expecting additional vaccine supply from the state. “We know that the Covid-19 pandemic has taken a toll on everyone,” APH Director Stephanie Hayden-Howard said, in a press release from the city. “Whether that be physically or emotionally, everyone has had to change their daily routines and limit interactions that were once normal. These sacrifices have not gone unnoticed, and our community has done comparatively well in limiting Covid-19 cases and deaths. As supply increases and more people are able to get vaccinated, we will be able to begin a return to normalcy.” That said, health officials stress that until the population reaches herd immunity, things are not quite normal yet, and everyone should continue to wear masks, social distance and practice safe hygiene. There are a number of paths for those looking for vaccines, including vaccinefinder.org.