COVID-19 cases are gradually declining in Texas, but hospitals are still seeing a disproportionate number of COVID-19 patients. That’s true in Bell County in Central Texas where two local mayors urged vaccination in a public letter posted on Facebook.
Jose Segarra of Killeen is one of those mayors. He told Texas Standard that many of the COVID-19 hospitalizations could have been prevented by the vaccine. In the letter, Segarra pleaded with residents to get vaccinated, urging them to do so for the health of their neighbors in a town full of military personnel.
“We’re in a military community and a lot of the soldiers, they fight for that freedom and they give their lives so that we can have that freedom. And I kind of look at it the same way, I say, ‘You know, if you vaccinated, you’re doing something to save the lives of your neighbor,'” he said.