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Last week Williamson County injected over 7,000 doses of Vaccine in Williamson County at two locations. This week the plan is to inject, even more, however, the number of injections will be limited not to the number of locations or personnel, but by the number of doses made available to the County.
This week Texas is scheduled to receive 330,000 doses for first doses and 216,000 designated for second doses according to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). What percentage of those doses will end up in the arms of people in Williamson County is not clear.
As of today, the DSHS reports that 44,250 doses have been allocated to Williamson County. So far 30,618 doses have been administered. Of the doses administered to date, since the vaccines arrived, 25,988 were first doses and 4,630 were second doses. That number includes the 1a group of health care works, people living and working in long-term care facilities, and approximately 7,000 of the 1b group injected last week.
How big is the B1 group in Williamson County?
There are 457,170 people in Williamson County over the age of 16 who are candidates for COVID Vaccinations. Of that number 74,290 are over the age of 65. The 1b group now receiving vaccinations includes the “65+ group” and those over the age of 16 with certain health issues. The total projected number of individuals in the B1 group is around 150,000+ who will each need two shots to complete the vaccination program.
How long will it take?
Dr. Fauci, in an interview on Fox News this morning, stated he believes that the B1 group will be vaccinated by the end of April and vaccinations will then be available to everyone if the program does not hit and snags. He feels that everyone who wants a vaccination will get them by the end of 2021.
He was asked if it is still necessary to wear a mask even after you have had the vaccine. He replied, “yes you still need a mask”. Dr. Fauci went on to explain that you may have had your shots and will not become infected but you could carry the COVID-19 viruses in your nasal passages and spread them to others. He said we will most likely need to wear masks until the end of 2021.
This is going to be a long process, but we have come a long way in understanding the virus, identifying treatments so infected people have a much better chance of surviving and reducing the death rate. We have made phenomenal leaps in developing a vaccine in a short time frame, but now we need to get production ramped up so every who wants the vaccine, can get vaccinated.