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Will vaccine skepticism threaten Texas' herd immunity?

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).

Ho holds the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics.