What Texas Leaders know about Omicron, the newest COVID-19 Variant

“The Omicron variant was first detected in South Africa and will likely reach the U.S. soon,” Dr. Jason Bowling of UT Health San Antonio and University Health, tells MySA. Jason Bowling is a disease specialist and a professor of medicine.

Tuesday, November 30th, Texas leaders met to discuss this new variant. So far they have gathers information, “reminding residents to stay vigilant and get vaccinated when it comes to new variants like Omicron.” Omicron had been labeled a “variant of concern” by the WHO (World Health Organization). “We shouldn’t be overly worried or panic, but we need to be aware, Bowling says it’s not a question of if it will hit the U.S., but when”, according to Chron.com

“Scientists are still trying to find out if the vaccines provide protection against Omicron, but it will likely provide some, Bowling says. He notes it’s also important to get the booster vaccine to optimize immunity. ” There are many places in the Houston area where you can obtain your booster shot.  This is a website you can use to help you find a vaccine: https://www.vaccines.gov

At the end of the day, it’s important to realize that just because life seems more “normal” now it does not mean this pandemic is over, this si something that we will probably live with for the rest of our lives. Do your part to stay safe and keep others around you safe.