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El Paso mayor, county judge urge holiday caution as Covid cases rise

EL PASO, Texas -- El Paso leaders on Wednesday urged fully vaccinated El Pasoans to get an additional vaccine shot and remain vigilant in the face of rising Covid-19 cases in the county during the holiday season.    

They also asked people to get their flu shot to prevent hospitals and healthcare workers from being overwhelmed in the coming weeks.  El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser and El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego held a joint news conference to discuss the latest rise in infections.    

Leeser said they're not mandating anything, rather they're making sure people have information.    

Samaniego said the new basis against infection should be three shots if you had the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or an extra shot if you had the J&J vaccine.  

As many as 77% of new infections among those hospitalized at University Medical Center involve patients who are not vaccinated.  

Samaniego said the purpose of the news conference was a call to action ahead of the upcoming holiday school break and holiday get-togethers.    

The mayor and judge stressed the importance of self-imposed restrictions by businesses as well as being careful in public.    

Samaniego urged the public to help curb the number of new infections with a hopeful tone.    

"Let's make this thing happen. We know we can do it," Samaniego said.

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    1. No one in my family has followed any of the CDC recommendations and not one of has been sick the past 2 years. It’s all about moving this country closer to Tyranny.

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  1. When uneducated white trash Republicans show at emergency rooms with covid and it can be shown they have not been vaccinated, refuse to admit them and deny treatment.

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          1. I have no idea what that idiot said. I don’t listen to a word he says. I do research and form my own opinion.

      1. Yes it does. Hundreds of people died from the initial polio Vax and they stopped production for a while. These mandates have lead to millions of people having a weakened immune system. Exposure is the BEST way to charge up your immune response.

          1. Just watch. It’s happening. Out bodies produce what’s called general Antibodies. These general Antibodies are capable of attacking many types of “invaders” hence the term general. The China Virus shot is a specific antibody. These specific antibodies are basically high jacking the immune system leaving those with the shot at a higher risk of infection by other variants and other diseases.

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