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Texas Launches $1.5 Million Campaign To Encourage Residents To Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19

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This blog is updated daily at 7:30 p.m. It includes the latest COVID-19 data from San Antonio’s Metropolitan Health District, information from the city’s nightly briefings on Mondays and Thursdays and statewide reporting from The Texas Newsroom.

Latest Bexar County Updates

The City of San Antonio has reported a total of 220,054 cases of the coronavirus in the community since March 2020. The total caseload includes 125 new cases reported Tuesday.

There were no new deaths reported on Tuesday, so the death toll stands at 3,400. There are 108 deaths under investigation by the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District.

There are 210 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Bexar County (+4), including 68 in intensive care (-1) and 34 on ventilators (+4).

On Monday, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg reported that more than 930,000 San Antonians have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. More than 692,000 are fully vaccinated — 46% of the county’s eligible population.

DSHS Launches Next Phase Of Vaccine Campaign

The Texas Department of State Health Services is launching the next phase of a campaign to encourage Texans to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The campaign includes a $1.5 million television and radio advertisement plan, media interviews and pop-up events across the state.

According to DSHS officials, the campaign includes general information on vaccine safety and effectiveness, as well as messages geared toward specific groups shown to be more hesitant.

There will be a pop-up event in San Antonio on Friday, May 14, from 3-7 p.m. at the Walmart Supercenter located at 8538 I-35 Access Road.

Pfizer COVID-19 Expansion FAQ

Children between the ages of 12 and 15 are now authorized to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The authorization expands the pool of eligible recipients to 87% of the total U.S. population, according to NPR.

For a full list of FAQs related to the expansion, click here.

Study Shows Resuming In-Person Learning Accelerated COVID-19 In Texas

According to a study released Monday, at least 43,000 additional cases and 800 additional deaths in Texas were related to school returning to in-person education. The Texas Tribune reports that the study tracked weekly average cases in the 8 weeks before and the 8 weeks after Texas’ school districts sent students back to classrooms.

The study analzyed school district reopening plans in every county, the number of cases and deaths, and cell phone data to show how adult movement changed once kids went back to in-person learning.

Click here for more information about the COVID-19 vaccine in San Antonio (aquí para español).

TPR's coverage of COVID-19 in San Antonio, surrounding counties, and the Rio Grande Valley, including Spanish language news, is made possible in part by Texas Mutual Insurance Company.

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The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 2.49 million total cases of the coronavirus in the state on Tuesday, as well as more than 49,600 total deaths. There are 2,508 Texans hospitalized with the coronavirus.

Find the latest national and international updates on COVID-19 from NPR's live blog. 

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