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Harris County Reveals Its Newest Weapon Against COVID: Cold, Hard Cash

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo joins Town Square to discuss the pandemic situation and her new vaccine incentive.


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Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo (left) on August 17, 2021.


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Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo joined Town Square shortly after she announced a plan to give $100 to people getting their first dose of the vaccine at Harris County Public Health sites. The plan starts immediately and runs until Aug. 31.

The vaccine incentive is in response to the Delta variant has spread quickly across the region, disproportionately impacting unvaccinated residents. Local hospitals are being pushed to the brink with new patients, and the school year has parents worried about children under 12 who are not yet eligible for the vaccine.

Medical experts also join to answer listener questions, from booster shots and travel bans, to masks and back-to-school safety.


Lina Hidalgo:

Dr. Katelyn Jetelina

Dr. James McDeavitt:

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