On Monday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. According to the FDA, the vaccine formally known as Pfizer will now be marketed as Comirnaty, for the prevention of COVID 19 in individuals 16 years of age and older. The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals.
The approval comes eight months after the US FDA first authorized emergency use of the Pfizer vaccine on Dec. 11, 2020, in the US. Since then, the vaccine has been released in phases and is now available to everyone 12 years and older.
Vaccine Clinic Sept. 3
Atascosa County will once again be hosting a drive-thru COVID 19 vaccination clinic. The clinic will be at the historic “old jail,” located at 711 Broadway in Jourdanton on Friday, Sept. 3. It will begin at 8 a.m. and will continue until 4 p.m. or all shots have been administered, whichever comes first. This will be the Pfizer vaccination.
The Texas National Guard will be on site to help with the process.
Traffic will turn east off of Hwy. 16 onto Commerce St., forming two lanes, then they will take a right onto Campbell Avenue where the screening and paperwork will be handled. Then vehicles will take another left onto Broadway where shots will be administered. Vehicles will then be directed to an open lot to wait to be released.
On Monday, Atascosa County EMS Director Don Penny announced state, regional and local COVID-19 statistics from Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Region 8 representative Colin Davis as of Aug. 21, 2021.
As of press time Tuesday evening, Atascosa County sits at 299 active cases of COVID-19 according to the Texas DSHS COVID-19 Dashboard.
Locally, Atascosa County sits at a population of 51,000 residents. A total of 74,931 COVID-19 tests have been administered, not including the at-home testing kits that are now available in stores.
Our vaccination rate sits as follows:
– 23,224 residents received first dose of the vaccine
– 18,624 residents are fully vaccinated
– 12 years and older: 55.64% received first dose and 44.62% are fully vaccinated
– 65 years and older: 74.91% received first dose and 65.47% are fully vaccinated
There are 6,866 hospital beds across Region 8. Only 620 beds are available at this time along with 98 ICU beds and 583 ventilators.
Texas has 22 Service Areas and Atascosa County is part of Service Area P which houses 28 other counties. At this time, 1,403 people in Area P have been admitted to hospitals with COVID-19. That’s 20.43% of the area’s 2.9 million population, not including the ones who were not admitted.
Statewide, 66.83% of Texans are vaccinated. Of that percentage, 2.8 million Texans have been administered one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 13.2 million Texans are fully vaccinated.