Although African-American and Latino communities have been hit hardest by COVID-19 in Texas, they are being vaccinated at a much slower pace — in part because of the decision to administer doses through hospital systems, said health economics fellow Vivian Ho. "If you’re insured, which means you’re more likely to be white, then it was easy for them to sign you up. But once you’re done with that, you have got to pivot." Read more at the Houston Chronicle (subscription required), here and here. | April 13, 2021, 2:48 p.m.
"I’m extremely optimistic for the country," said health policy fellow Peter Hotez of the prospects for the months ahead. "I think that by the summer, we’re going have something that resembles a normal quality of life." | April 9, 2021, 4:22 p.m.
The vaccination gap between whiter, more conservative Texas counties and the state average may not be cause for concern yet, said health economics fellow Vivian Ho, but there is potential for it to widen. "If, for instance, only 50% of people in outlier counties are vaccinated, they will continually be subject to superspreader events that will overwhelm the weakest components of the state’s health care infrastructure," she says. Read more at the Houston Chronicle (subscription required). | April 8, 2021, 2:56 p.m.
"There’s going to have to be a lot of public communication, and a lot of advocacy, because parents are going to be a bit skittish about ... a brand new mRNA technology for their kids,” Hotez told CNBC. | April 1, 2021, 4:38 p.m.