Health officials in the region are now waiting to see how the vaccine performs against the new omicron variant.
“I really think the next month is going to be crucial in predicting quite a bit as we will learn a lot more about Omicron,” said Dr Prathit Kulkarni, assistant professor of medicine, infectious diseases, Baylor College of Medicine.
Although there are revolutionary cases among the vaccinated, those who are not vaccinated are more at risk.
“Of course in winter people are indoors, of course there is a general risk of increased transmission. So you can see a potential increase in cases and therefore hospitalizations and deaths, ”Kulkarni said.
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In Dallas County, weekly vaccinations have seen a noticeable increase, officials said. Statewide, the Texas State Department of Health Services reports that 60% of Texans ages 5 and older are fully immunized.
Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa announced Friday that the district will make masks optional after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vacation The district has defied Gov. Greg Abbott’s ban on mask mandates for months .
Some parents at Rogers Elementary School in North Dallas told FOX4 they were unsure if they would tell their children to stop wearing masks in class.
“We’re going to focus on what the CDC recommends. Our oldest are vaccinated, so we hope that the majority of the other children will be vaccinated so that we don’t have to worry about it, ”said James Barrett.
“I’m still going to make them wear a mask because we don’t know, so it’s not sure,” said Brenda Mendez.
The first case of the latest variant of COVID-19, omicron, was reported in Texas on Monday. Harris County says a Houston-area woman in her 40s with no recent travel history has tested positive.
Texas is now one of at least 18 states with reported cases.
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