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Most Americans who haven’t been vaccinated against COVID-19 said they are unlikely to get the shots and doubt they would work against the aggressive delta variant despite evidence they do, according to a new poll that underscores the challenges facing public health officials amid soaring infections in some states.

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Elvia Ortiz Segura has been named the new director of educational services at Galveston College, according to Cissy Matthews, vice president of instruction. In addition, Ashley Deck has been named admissions coordinator, officials said.

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Republican politicians are under increasing pressure to speak out to persuade COVID-19 vaccine skeptics to roll up their sleeves and take the shots as a new, more contagious variant sends caseloads soaring. But after months of ignoring — and, in some cases, stoking — misinformation about the virus, experts warn it may be too late to change the minds of many who are refusing.

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Children and young adults enrolled in the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools program through the Nia Cultural Center in Galveston participated Wednesday in the annual National Day of Social Action at the Wright Cuney Center in Galveston. After a program centered on the #NoKidsInPrison i…