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Northeast Texas Vaccination Rate Lower Than State Average

Drivers line up in Greenville to be vaccinated in April 2021.
Drivers line up in Greenville to be vaccinated in April 2021.

An analysis of COVID-19 vaccination rates in Texas published this week by the Texas Tribune showed that counties in Northeast Texas have a rate of vaccination consistent with other rural regions in the state. About 3 in 10 people in Northeast Texas have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Statewide, that number increases to 4 in 10. The Tribune’s study found “two main groups within Texas’ unvaccinated population: white conservatives in rural areas, and Hispanic and Black people in big cities.” The analysis used Texas Dept. of Health and Human Services data along with U.S. Census data.

In Northeast Texas, county rates of vaccination correspond generally with urbanization, though a few counties don’t mirror their demographic peers. Rates of vaccination in the KETR service area average between 25 and 30 percent.

Hunt County                      30.4 percent

Fannin County                  29.8 percent

Lamar County                   28.4 percent

Hopkins County                28.1 percent

Rains County                     27.4 percent

Delta County                      24.8 percent

To the west, Collin County outpaces all other counties in the North Texas region, while Grayson County’s numbers are consistent with rural patterns.

Collin County                     55.4 percent

Rockwall County              45.9 percent

Dallas County                    43.8 percent

Kaufman County              39.0 percent

Grayson County               33.1 percent

To the east, Wood County has a higher rate some other nearby counties.

Wood County                    33.5 percent

Red River County             27.6 percent

Van Zandt County           27.3 percent      

Franklin County                26.3 percent

Nationally, Texas ranks 36th among U.S. states in rates of COVID-19 vaccinations.

Mark Haslett has served at KETR since 2013. Since then, the station's news operation has enjoyed an increase in listener engagement and audience metrics, as well recognition in the Texas AP Broadcasters awards.