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Vexing vaccine: COVID-19 shots see a problematic release in Texas



TEXAS – Vaccines have made it into the arms of more than 2 million Texans, according to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The CDC reports Texas, compared to other states, ranks second for the total number of COVID-19 shots administered.

But that doesn’t mean it’s happening fast enough. Thousands of Texans who qualify for the vaccine say they still can’t get it.

“I’ve been waiting a long time and, at this point, I don’t think I’m going to get it any time soon,” Webberville, Texas, resident Robert Castillo said.

Castillo is past the point of frustration. But, as of now, most Texans are in his shoes – they still haven’t been vaccinated.

The KVUE Defenders reviewed data from the Department of State Health Services. Numbers from Thursday show Texas providers have given the first dose of the vaccine to about 10% of Texans 16 and older. Locally, it’s not any better: Only 8.5% in Travis County, 8.5% in Williamson County and 9% in Hays County.