Brooks County judge frustrated following local Abbott visit

Posted at 3:46 PM, Feb 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-25 20:32:00-05

FALFURRIAS, Texas — Following Gov. Greg Abbott's visit to Corpus Christi, some parts of the Coastal Bend remain unhappy with the state when it comes to the distribution of COVID-19 vaccinations.

As KRIS 6 News reported Wednesday, Brooks County Judge Eric Ramos said rural counties are not getting their fair share of the vaccines.

"I want him to come where there's a failure in the distribution system," he said.

In a Facebook post Thursday, Ramos vented his frustrations with the state, calling his county "the island of the lost."

"The state has failed Brooks County with regards to the vaccine roll out," Ramos said. "We have done everything we can to get into the target of those who are distributing vaccines so that our citizens can get vaccinated."

"It's like speaking to a wall," he said. "We are invisible to them. No one seems to care about the problem in Brooks County."

Brooks County isn't the only rural area in the Coastal Bend that shares that sentiment.
Duval and Jim Hogg counties also are frustrated with the lack of help from the state.

Ramos went on to say it's a life or death situation.

"You call them and you talk to them and the answer they give you, and I'm tired of it, the answer they give you is very simple," he said. "'Very soon now we'll be able to give vaccines to anyone who wants them.' But when is very soon? 'Well, in a few months.' Well, I don't count by months anymore. I count by deaths. In Brooks county, we lose five a month. We lose five citizens. So when you tell me I have to wait three months, you're telling me I have to wait after 15 deaths."

State representative Ryan Guillen, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez, and other lawmakers are asking the state to designate Brooks, Duval, Jim Hogg and Zapata counties as vaccination hubs.

This is a developing story. Stay with KRIS 6 for the very latest.