Nationwide Omicron surge brings more urgency for vaccinations

Come join us at 25 News Now, Thursday, Jan. 27 for your 3rd dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine or a COVID-19 test

VICTORIA, Texas – Earlier this week, the FDA announced a limit on monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19 cases citing the treatment is not an effective tool against Omicron.

What does this mean for our local infusion center?

Victoria Public Health Director, David Gonzales, says the center will continue treating patients who qualify for the therapy.

“Right now we have plans to continue our local infusion center, I haven’t heard any plans from the state on pulling those, we still have the effective medication, the effective treatment available, the one directly shown to do a great job at treating the Omicron variant,” says Gonzales.

Right now, there are more than 700 active cases in Victoria County. COVID-19 patients make up 24-percent of local area hospitals patients and nearly 100 percent of those cases are due to the Omicron variant.

David Gonzales is hopeful we’ll see a decline in cases.

“It was really a matter of time until we saw that increase, we’re seeing that now, however, there is some encouraging news, we’re seeing overseas in the UK, we kinda mirror sometimes their trends, they’re seeing a pretty sharp decline over the past two weeks with cases so hopefully we’ll follow that, hopefully, we’ll hit our peak to where we’re plateauing a bit,” says Gonzales.

With COVID-19 testing in high demand, it’s difficult to get a test, David says the health department does not regulate COVID-19 testing sites, so it’s best to call ahead and go to a testing site you trust.

If you or someone you know is in need of a COVID-19 test or a booster shot, this Thursday, Jan. 27, 25 news now is hosting vaccine day. It’s another opportunity to protect yourself against the virus as a 3rd COVID-19 booster shot has shown to be effective against the Omicron variant.

If you plan on coming Thursday, bring your vaccination card so health professionals can verify your timeline of vaccines. The COVID-19 test is a rapid test so expect results in about 15 minutes.

If you test positive while at the testing site, you will not be able to get a COVID-19 shot.

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