Local doctor suggests more people get fully vaccinated this summer

COVID-19 cases continue to increase in Victoria County. A local doctor expressed his concern for those who are unvaccinated.

VICTORIA, Texas – One local doctor wants more people vaccinated in order to stay protected from COVID-19 this summer.

Dr. Sidney Ontai  a family physician with Detar Hospital, suggests for more people to get fully vaccinated.

A surge in cases will become more prominent.

For anyone planning to travel this summer, wearing a mask is beneficial because it guarantees at least a 30 percent protection.

“I have tremendous concern for anyone who’s not vaccinated who wants to go on living this summer. Much less traveling and it’s just heartbreaking that just coming from this interview from seeing another patient to now they want to get vaccinated, but it’s too late. It’s just completely avoidable and we’re having more deaths now and it really is heart breaking. So yes, I have tremendous concern for people who aren’t getting vaccinated,” said Dr. Sidney Ontai. 

The delta variant is a prominent strain of COVID-19 and has the capability of mutating rapidly.

Dr. Ontai explained how and why this variant originated in India. The country has a population of at least 1.3 billion people.

Due to the fast spread of the delta variant, Victoria County has seen an increase of one percent in the current hospitalization rate within the last seven days.

The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are about 90 percent effective when fighting off the original alpha COVID-19 variant and 85% effective when fighting off the delta variant.

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