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Health department addresses COVID-19 vaccine misinformation

Richard Chamberlain spoke out on a recent news headline out of the state of Washington, stating that more than 100 people contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated.
Published: Apr. 1, 2021 at 8:58 PM CDT
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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - The Laredo health authority is reacting to newly released information about the Pfizer vaccine’s effectiveness.

”Which confirms it’s protection lasts a minimum of six months after the second dose,” said Doctor Victor Trevino. “Now that does not mean the vaccine does not last any longer but studies continue to be ongoing and will establish the length of efficacy.”

With more and more people receiving the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccine, more and more misinformation is being released.

During Thursday’s media briefing, City of Laredo Health Department director Richard Chamberlain spoke out on a recent news headline out of the state of Washington, stating that more than 100 people contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated.

Chamberlain feels that this information confuses those who already hesitant about getting a shot.

”Here’s the deal. If the vaccine gives you 70 or 90 percent reduced risk of getting symptomatic COVID, there’s obviously still a chance that you can be infected. It’s just that the risk of being infected is significantly reduced compared to if you are not vaccinated. No expert has said vaccines are 100 percent perfect, but that doesn’t mean they are not useful.”

Here at home, the effort to get shots into the arms of residents continues especially for those homebound or without internet or phone access.

According to emergency management coordinator and fire chief, Guillermo Heard, through the Health Equity Assurance Response Team or “HEART,” they’ve already assisted 800 individuals.

He breaks down the hard-to-reach areas that have been visited.

”78040, we have had 400 individuals, 78041... 150, 78043... 200, and 78046... 310. By the end of this weekend, we should have and additional five to six hundred in south Laredo.”

Heard adds that more than 1,900 homebound residents have received a vaccine.

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