BEAUMONT, Texas — If you still haven’t gotten a COVID-19 vaccine there’s no time better than now with the delta variant making an appearance in Orange County and new cases across Southeast Texas and the country beginning to rise again.
The vaccine is been available to ALL Texans over the age of 12.
Many pharmacies and doctor’s offices in Southeast Texas have the vaccine available and are ready to help.
Health departments around Southeast Texas are also offering the shots and are encouraging everyone to get vaccinated.
You can sign up to get a vaccine through health departments in Beaumont, Port Arthur, Orange County, Hardin County, Newton County, Jasper County and Winnie by visiting Vaccine.BeaumontTexas.Gov and signing up for an appointment. Vaccines are available for anyone regardless of which county they reside in.
Some of the pharmacies in the area offering vaccines are…
Around the country, officials are encouraging everyone to get vaccinated.
This week, Orange County recorded its first confirmed case of the Delta variant. The individual is not hospitalized. The Hardin County Health director said this underscores the seriousness of the virus.
"In order to prevent the spread of COVID, we're encouraging everyone who's eligible to get the vaccine,” said Sharon Whitley, Health Director for Hardin and Orange counties.
At health departments across Southeast Texas, there is a trend that raises cause for concern.
"My concern comes from the low vaccination rate and the number of people who have not been vaccinated. I'm very, very concerned," said Beaumont Public Health Director Kenneth Coleman.
In Jefferson County, 39 percent of residents are fully vaccinated, and 45 percent have received at least one shot. These statistics have fallen short of the national goal of 75 percent.
The Delta variant has their attention and it should have yours, Coleman said.
"Once it reaches Galveston County, which it has, once it reaches Harris County which it has-I believe it's here. We just don't have any documented cases of being here," Coleman said.