AUSTIN, Texas–As we approach the Fourth of July weekend, Governor Greg Abbott’s failure to stop the spread of COVID-19 by getting Texans vaccinated continues to halt the state’s recovery. 59 percent of adult Texans have received at least one vaccine shot, solidly below President Biden’s goal of having 70 percent of adults with at least one shot by July 4th. Our state’s failure to reach vaccine distribution goals is no surprise as Gov. Abbott spent the past legislative session signing extreme bills to score political points instead of addressing the real problems facing Texans.
Throughout the pandemic, Gov. Abbott has consistently downplayed the virus and repeatedly made false claims about Texas being close to achieving herd immunity. Experts have repeatedly warned that the politicization of vaccine passports by Gov. Abbott and other Republican lawmakers could make some Americans even less likely to get the vaccine — not only slowing our recovery economically but also posing great risk to unvaccinated individuals who may become sick with COVID-19.
Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“Governor Abbott failed Texas at every stage of this pandemic, and now he has let down Texans once again by failing to effectively lead efforts to get our state fully vaccinated.
Instead of ramping up vaccine distribution when President Biden passed the American Rescue Plan, Gov. Abbott politicized the rollout process, contradicted public health experts, and did little to combat the vaccine hesitancy he helped sow. Texas voters won’t forget that Gov. Abbott put politics over our health and safety and blocked meaningful progress on the number one issue on Texans’ minds.”