SAN ANGELO, TX –– In an effort to encourage Texan families and children over the age of 12 to get the Covid-19 vaccine, the Department of State Health Services is launching a new statewide initiative in San Angelo Thursday.
“COVID-19 vaccines prevent almost all cases of severe illness, hospitalization, and death,” said Ashley Ammons, president, and CEO of United Way of the Concho Valley. “With the more contagious Delta variant having caused a spike in hospitalizations among all unvaccinated age groups, it’s more important than ever to talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care professional about your questions or concerns.”
Partnering with Walmart, DSHS will be hosting a pop-up event from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the W. 29th Street location.
During the event, experts will be available to talk with "parents and families about the importance of vaccination."
“Any Texan who has not been vaccinated against COVID-19 because of safety or other concerns can be assured that the authorized vaccines are safe and effective,” said Dr. John Hellerstedt, DSHS commissioner. “The data gathered shows the benefits of vaccination far outweigh the risks of rare side effects. Most importantly, vaccination is proven to greatly increase our protection against severe COVID-19 illness, hospitalization, and even death.”
According to DSHS, Texas providers have administered more than 32 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to 17.5 million people. Just under 80% of the 65 and older population is now fully vaccinated, but those 12 and older are just under 63% fully vaccinated.
The event will also feature a 16-foot video wall showing vaccine facts and video messages from local spokespeople.
Families will also have the chance to participate in several activities –– including a “Take the Shot” basketball game, wheel spin, and prizes.