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Houstonians Struggle With Frustration Over Vaccine Hesitancy As COVID Cases Climb

Vaccine hesitancy is still a hot-button issue leaving some to wonder if “mutual respect and understanding” are still viable options towards those who refuse to wear masks or accept even the existence of COVID.


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Today, Harris County raised its COVID threat level to red, recommending that all unvaccinated people to stay home if they can. This comes just two weeks after the county raised the level to "orange" because of significant and uncontrolled spread.

In addition to a surge of cases and hospitalizations, another way we know that COVID is spreading rapidly is that the Houston Health Department reported that the amount of the in the city’s wastewater is currently 320% percent more than the highest level seen last summer.

Texas GOP official H. Scott Apley, has died of COVID only days posting online his skepticism over vaccines. Online posts regarding his death have been met with condolences to scorn as people weigh in their frustrations regarding each other’s beliefs.

We all need to show each other respect and grace, but what about when the issue at hand
is a matter of life and death? When faced with factual information, does everything have equal footing? And how do we respect others' feelings while still supporting facts?

Then, a virologist and vaccine explains and answers listener’s questions.


Ian Olasov

Dr. Pei-Yong Shi

  • Professor and John Sealy Distinguished Chair in Innovations in Molecular Biology at University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)

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