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New CDC data shows what percentage of Travis County residents are vaccine hesitant. (Austin Regional Clinic)

Over half of Travis County may be partially vaccinated, but a significant number are still showing hesitancy, according to new estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Now that the COVID-19 vaccine is more widely available to the general population and cases of the virus are on a nationwide decline, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its official guidelines and cleared fully vaccinated people to go maskless for the first time in a year.

While even fully vaccinated people are still advised to wear masks while indoors, the new guidelines open up possibilities that have previously been frowned-upon by the CDC. The CDC still recommends that people who are not yet fully vaccinated follow all precautionary guidelines. Here are the safest ways to continue to mask:

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Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine is cleared for use after a brief pause due to concerns about rare blood clots.

The Texas Department of State Health Services notified vaccine providers that they should resume using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, according to a Saturday press release. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee ruled Friday that the vaccine's benefits outweigh its risks after a thorough safety review.

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Dr. Natalie Williams, a family medicine physician at Austin Regional Clinic, speaks with a patient. (Austin Regional Clinic/Twitter)

Fifty-six Travis County providers are set to receive nearly 50,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, a decrease of nearly 30,000 doses compared to last week's allocation.

For the first time since being designated by the Texas Department of State Health Services as one of two hub providers in Travis County, Austin Public Health will not receive any doses. As vaccine eligibility has expanded, the department and some other local providers have reported declining demand, prompting more community outreach and a shift to walk-up clinic models.

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