More than 60% of adults and children in Bastrop County who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine have been fully vaccinated, according to state health data.
As of Tuesday, 60.48% of Bastrop County 5 residents and seniors eligible for a vaccine had been fully vaccinated, while 72.28% had received at least one dose of the vaccine, state health data shows.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their primary series of COVID-19 vaccines: two doses of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines or a dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
The vaccines are effective in protecting people from becoming seriously ill, requiring hospitalization and dying from the respiratory disease, according to the CDC, which recommends that everyone aged 5 and older receive their primary series of COVID-19 vaccines as well as a booster dose when warranted.
Nearly 90% of Bastrop County residents 65 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 79.17% of those residents were fully vaccinated as of Tuesday, according to state health data.
The CDC states that individuals 65 years of age and older who received both doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines showed a 94% reduction in the risk of hospitalization due to COVID-19-related disease.
Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape has been a strong advocate for residents being vaccinated against COVID-19. The respiratory disease has been blamed for more than 900,000 deaths in the United States alone since the start of the pandemic in early 2020.
As of Tuesday, the virus had caused 83,693 deaths in Texas, according to state health data, including 225 in Bastrop County. In all, Texas has had 5.4 million COVID-19 cases since the onset of the pandemic, including 16,141 in Bastrop County, state health data shows.
“As Americans and Texans, we enjoy our personal freedoms. With those freedoms comes the personal responsibility to make good choices for ourselves and those we care about.” Pape told the Advertiser in August. “To all who have been vaccinated, I say ‘thank you’ because you are doing what you can to protect yourself. To others, I again ask that you take this deadly disease seriously and reconsider accepting the vaccine. It is your best defense against a very aggressive virus. “