Texas Launches Next Phase in Vaccination Campaign – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

State health officials are launching a $ 1.5 million radio and television advertising campaign to advance the next phase of vaccinating Texans against COVID-19, the Texas Department of Health said Monday.

The campaign will feature commercials targeting specific groups of Texans that research shows are the least likely to be vaccinated. Also, state health officials will host the first of 22 parking lot pop-up events in Texas later this week. A 16-foot video wall with facts about COVID-19 vaccines will be shown at the four-hour events, which will take place in Walmart parking lots through mid-May.

The first three events will take place on Thursday in Austin, on Friday in Houston and on Saturday in Beaumont, according to health officials.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University said 35% of the state’s population had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while 22% had been fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, delays in weekend reports for depressed COVID-19 totals in Texas are cited. State health officials reported just 1,178 new COVID-19 cases and nine new deaths from coronaviral disease on Monday.

That total has dropped from 2,430 new cases and 65 new deaths on Saturday. The Johns Hopkins University data also shows they are well below the 7-day average of 3,360 new daily cases and 52 new deaths per day.

“Monday is always our lowest day of the week as some jurisdictions do not report at all on Sundays or over the weekend,” said Chris Van Deusen, spokesman for the State Health Services. “It’s a lot lower than last Monday, but you can’t judge by just one day.”

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