Aug 5 – With COVID-19 cases and the Delta variant on the rise, the Texas Department of State Health Services says immunizing young people is a top priority and they are hoping one way to do this is by organizing a pop-up festival in Fort Worth it this Friday.
The department will be located outside Walmart at 2900 Renaissance Square from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, providing a place to cool off and play games like arcade-style basketball and a game of roulette, according to a statement. Press. .
Participants can walk into Walmart and receive free COVID vaccines without an appointment or insurance required.
The event will also have an outdoor video wall showing the department’s public service announcements and clips of local pediatricians and parents talking about the vaccine and its effectiveness in protecting families from COVID-19 as children return home. ‘school.
Although the vaccine is available to all people 12 years of age and older, vaccination rates have been lower among younger age groups, according to the state Department of Health Services. Three-quarters of Texans 65 and over are fully vaccinated, compared with 40% of Texans aged 18 to 34 and only 26% of those aged 12 to 17, DSHS said in the release.
Cases and hospitalizations are increasing as data indicates that the more easily spread Delta variant now accounts for most new COVID infections in the state, the department said.
“Hospitalizations for COVID-19 are now increasing in all age groups. As fewer young people get very sick, they can contract and spread the virus, and we are still learning about the long-term effects,” said the Dr John Hellerstedt, DSHS Commissioner, in press release. “Tens of millions of people have been vaccinated without adverse effects. We know that these vaccines are not only safe but also very effective. Achieving higher vaccination rates is essential to removing the threat of COVID from our communities. “
Tarrant County is expected to see a significant increase in hospitalizations from COVID-19 if trends continue as they are, according to a study by UT Southwestern Medical Center.
MedStar, the paramedical service that provides emergency medical care in Fort Worth and some of its suburbs, said first responders have seen an increase in the number of patients showing symptoms of COVID since June. The ambulance service and other health care providers recommend getting vaccinated, wearing a face mask, respecting social distancing and practicing good hygiene.
MedStar is also running a public immunization clinic at its head office, 2900 Alta Mere Drive, this Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To register, visit https://usa.quickscreen.health/medstar-vaccination#/screening
Tarrant County reported nine COVID-related deaths on Wednesday, with 54 in total in the past two weeks.
Also in the past two weeks, Tarrant County has seen a 112% increase in the number of hospital beds occupied by COVID patients. UT Southwestern Medical Center expects to see approximately 1,500 new COVID-19 infections in the county each day by August 19, and expects the number of inpatients to continue to rise to reach maybe over 3,000 by then.
More specifically with young people, doctors at Cook Children’s Medical Center are sounding the alarm. On July 27, the hospital announced that it had 13 COVID-19 pediatric patients under its care. Four of them were in intensive care. As of Wednesday, the hospital was treating 24 children for COVID.