Vaccinated population continues to grow


Department of State Health Services data shows 58.71% of seniors 65 and up have been fully vaccinated in Gonzales County as of Monday, April 19.

As for those who have only received one dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, 67.55% of those 65 and up have received at least one shot. With administration of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine being put on pause, complete vaccination can no longer be achieved with a single dose. The Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will meet on Friday, April 23, to discuss the Janssen vaccine.

For those age 16 and up, 30.41% are fully vaccinated, and 38.97% have received at least one injection of a vaccine.

This leaves 32.45% of seniors and 61.03% of those 16 and over who have not yet received an injection of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines. The proportion of vaccinated Gonzales County residents is increasing slowly, as more doses of vaccine become available.

COVID-19 Case Statistics

Over the last seven days, from Wednesday, April 14 to Wednesday, April 21, six new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the county. There were 13 active cases of COVID-19 in the county as of Wednesday, April 21, with 2,627 recovered and 57 reported deaths. This comes to a total of 2,697 cases reported in the county since April 2020, according to DSHS data available to the Inquirer.

As for hospitalizations in Trauma Service Area P, 4.15% of hospital capacity was being used for treatment of patients with lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday, April 21.

In Gonzales Independent School District there were four active cases of COVID-19 among staff and students on Thursday, April 22, with no cases reported in Waelder Independent School District and none in Nixon-Smiley Independent School District.

Information regarding vaccination clinics will be shared by the Inquirer on its Facebook page and website as it becomes available. Such information is also available on the Gonzales Healthcare Systems Facebook page and website, and the Gonzales County Emergency Management Facebook page and website.