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Lockhart City Health Officer: “Do the right thing. Go, get vaccinated!”
07/20/2021

COVID-19 cases are on the rise again throughout Central Texas, including Lockhart. The Texas Department of State Health Services’ data shows hospitalization rates steadily increasing in the area over five percent since the 4th of July weekend. Health experts are concerned that, with the recent detection of the more infectious Delta variant in surrounding communities, those who are unvaccinated are even more at risk; which could overwhelm the healthcare system. As of this week, less than 50-percent of Caldwell County residents aged 12 and over have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

 

“Unfortunately, our immunization rates are lagging behind others in Central Texas,” Lockhart Mayor Lew White said. “I urge you to get vaccinated, especially now that vaccines are readily available in the community. All you need to do is walk in or set up an appointment.”

 

Though there have been reports of “breakthrough” cases—fully vaccinated people who test positive for COVID-19 —researchers say, these cases are extremely rare. Studies suggest that currently authorized vaccines—Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson--work against circulating variants. Lockhart’s City Health Officer, Dr. Charles Laurence, is adamant that vaccines are still the best way to protect oneself from getting infected with the virus.

 

“The unvaccinated population is primarily responsible for driving the pandemic at present,” Dr. Laurence said. “Meaning, those who are not vaccinated or not fully vaccinated are at risk for getting the disease and/or spreading it.”

 

Dr. Laurence added, contrary to what is posted on the Internet and social media about vaccines being harmful, there’s science behind the vaccines. He stressed that, if you are immunized, you are safe.

 

“Do the right thing. Go, get vaccinated,” Dr. Laurence urged. “Protect yourself and, more importantly, protect your family.”

 

 

Doses are available in Lockhart, here are some ways you can secure a vaccine:

  • Check with your doctor/medical provider and local pharmacies: Your doctor or pharmacy may be enrolled to be a COVID-19 vaccine provider and have doses available.
  • Locate a COVID-19 vaccine clinic through Vaccines.gov: This website allows you to search for a location by zip code and your vaccine preference.
  • Visit a vaccine hub near you: Texas established large vaccination hubs statewide to reach more people with the vaccine. The nearest vaccine hubs in Lockhart are the following:

     

     


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