Spring 2021: Since we last updated this column, COVID-19 vaccines are available and vaccinations are in full swing. Please link to this site for the latest information on vaccine availability in Texas. COVID-19 Vaccine Information (texas.gov)
In Texas, approximately 11% of the population have had both doses ( for the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines ) and about 22% of the population have had one dose. Coronavirus Update: Maps And Charts For U.S. Cases And Deaths : Shots - Health News : NPR. And for vaccine tracking information: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2021/01/28/960901166/how-is-the-covid-19-vaccination-campaign-going-in-your-state . Data is pending on how vaccinations will effect possible rebound infection rates. Curently ( 3-24-2021 ) Texas is in phase 1c. We are advising everyong to consider taking the vaccine when it is available.
Herd immunity is expected to become prevalent when between 50% and two thirds of the population become immune. As vaccine administration numbers increase, Texas may experience this effect around mid year or slightly later. Link here to learn more about herd immunity: Herd Immunity: What Is It and Can It End The Coronavirus Pandemic? (webmd.com)
For those interested in learning more about the J&J vaccine, go here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/janssen.html. It should be remembered that the testing protocol for the J&J vaccine involved only one dose, and it is reportedly nearly 66% effective. J&J is undertaking a two shot trial at this time. Results are pending. https://www.henryford.com/news/2021/02/johnson-and-johnson-2-dose-vaccine-trial
Our clinic is relaxing our protocols somewhat but we do ask all patients to be diligent in person to person contact. Masks are encouraged. We will practice distancing in our waiting area. Please note that we welcome family members and friends travelling with patients for language translation and support, but we do request that these additional persons be kept to a bare minimum. The best scenario is that patients come to the clinic solo. This will help decrease the risk of transmission. If you have questions, please speak to our staff prior to arrival. They will help make your experience here a positive one.
What Will Happen Upon Arrival to Our Clinic:
We encourage you to wear a mask. Our staff will continue to do so.
Your temperature will be checked.
Please make use of our available hand sanitizer.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions!
The ONTO Orthopedics and Motion staff.