TX vaccine eligibility expands but experts fear hesitancy

"All three of them are good vaccines. Get whatever one you can," a doctor said after learning some worry the vaccine came too early.

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- I feel that patience is a virtue, so I feel this is now the opportunity to be rewarded for that patience. And I would like to have had an opportunity sooner, but this is the opportunity we have now. So I'm glad to take it.

- On Monday, Texas will start vaccinating all Texans who are 50 years or older. The state, identifying the age group as its 1C phase. According to the state health department, more than 93% of deaths in Texas that were directly caused by COVID-19 were in patients 50 years and older.

- I think it's terrific that we're expanding who can get the vaccine, and part of the reason we can do it is because there's more vaccine out there.

- In Harris County, more than 388,000 people have been fully vaccinated. In order for the Houston area to reach herd immunity by late summer, health experts say, about 50,000 people would need to be vaccinated a day. Dr. Katherine [? T ?] with the UT Health says, there's still quite a bit of vaccine hesitancy, which could impact the end goal.

- There is some concern that the vaccine was developed quickly, that the vaccines were developed quickly, and yes, they were. But no safety protocols were skipped. They were just done at the same time as other things, so that the vaccine could be rolled out faster. And our technology has gotten better since the last vaccine that was developed, so that's one thing.

I would also urge people, it is perfectly OK to have questions. You should have questions, so do your research. But what I would advise is to make sure you get your information from a credible source, probably not Twitter, or Facebook, or Instagram. You know, the CDC, Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, the [? DISA, ?] the Texas State Health Department, Houston, Harris County, Austin, you know, your local health department.

- Roxy Bustamonte, ABC 13 Eyewitness News.