‘Sounding the alarm’ | Local leaders say they’re fighting misinformation in their mission to get people vaccinated

Houston and Harris County well being leaders say the provide has caught up, and there’s now not a motive not to get a shot.

HOUSTON — Saturday marked the twenty fourth vaccination website for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, however the crowd there was a lot smaller than the ones we had been seeing months in the past.

The congresswoman says that’s the drawback; people are nonetheless scared to get their shot.

Dr. Joseph Varon with United Memorial Medical Center says they went from doing a whole bunch of vaccines a day to typically lower than a dozen. But he says they’re seeing a gradual improve as information of Delta variant spreads.

For Gregory Comeaux, getting the COVID-19 vaccine wasn’t at all times one thing he needed to do.

“Coming from the Black group, numerous us are skeptical,” Comeaux mentioned. 

But after he noticed what the virus did to his household and mates, he modified his thoughts.

“I even know guys that work with me, who received sick and even a pair who handed away from it,” Comeaux mentioned.

Comeaux was one in every of the couple dozen people who received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine Saturday.

“I’m right here to sound the alarm in Houston,” Congresswoman Jackson Lee mentioned.

Congresswoman Jackson Lee partnered with UMMC to provide pictures in the Fifth Ward. They even gave out free pizza to those that received a vaccine.

“Texas is now one in every of the purple sizzling spots in the nation,” Congresswoman Jackson Lee mentioned.

Houston and Harris County well being leaders say the provide has caught up, and there’s now not a motive not to get a shot.

“And but, it’s sitting right here in the freezer, accessible, and people are reluctant to come, largely due to misinformation,” Dr. David Persse mentioned.

And it was misinformation that saved Fredo Asifiwe’s mother, Goreth, from getting her shot all these months.

“She was scared to get it. She thought that it used to trigger corona, such as you get it, it causes corona. But now people say it’s cool to get it,” Fredo mentioned.

But Saturday, she’s received her first dose after some persuasion by her mates.

“She could be ready to go with out carrying a masks and doubtless not get sick as a result of she received vaccinated,” Fredo mentioned.

With solely 54 p.c of the metropolis absolutely vaccinated, medical doctors say we’re nonetheless removed from the place we must be.

“I would just tell them to get it. In life, we take a lot of chances. Why not take one to live?” Comeaux mentioned.


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