Dr. Anthony Fauci recently spoke about the current rate of vaccination in America, claiming that millions of Americans still need to get their vaccinations in order to slow or stop the spread of Covid-19.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke to CNN this week to discuss how if more Americans don’t receive their Covid-19 vaccinations, more mandates will have to be enforced across the country to bring this pandemic to an end.
“I believe that’s going to turn this around because I don’t think people are going to want to not go to work or not go to college … They’re going to do it. You’d like to have them do it on a totally voluntary basis, but if that doesn’t work, you’ve got to go to the alternatives,” Fauci claimed.
US citizens 12 and older can receive a Covid-19 vaccine. Of that eligible population about 63% are fully vaccinated, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health experts are aiming to have a majority of the population vaccinated to control the spread of the virus. Just last week, President Biden announced a vaccine mandate that requires all federal employees, as well as any business in the US with over 100 employees, to get vaccinated.
These mandates are appearing due to a majority of America’s ICU bed’s being occupied by unvaccinated individuals who still refuse to receive their vaccinations after being infected.
“Some hospitals are reaching very close to their capacity limits. And that wouldn’t be happening if people were vaccinated.”
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), recently claimed that “the FDA says it will be a matter of weeks, not months, to make a determination if they’re going to authorize vaccines for kids between 5 to 11, perhaps four weeks, maybe six weeks.”
While it’s hopeful that vaccinations will be made available for younger children in the near future, it’s important that parents wait until the actual data is released directly from the FDA before rushing to get their little ones vaccinated.
“Children are not small adults — and issues that may be addressed in pediatric vaccine trials can include whether there is a need for different doses or different strength formulations of vaccines already used for adults. Until it is safe to vaccinate that age group, prevention is crucial. In addition to prevention we need to continue to emphasize to all parents and families the importance of timely diagnosing through testing. And then triage the care appropriately. Decide whether that child needs hospital-based care. We know how to treat children at this point in the pandemic,” said Dr. James Versalovic, pathologist-in-chief at Texas Children’s Hospital.
“The concern over children’s risk of becoming infected has increased as many return to their classrooms for a new school year. Monday is the first time New York City public schools are anticipating 100% of students back since last year.”
“We’ve been working for 18 months to get ready for this day,” New York Education Chancellor Meisha Ross Porter told CNN. All students and teachers returning to school this week will be required to wear masks and the city is also enforcing a vaccine mandate for all public school employees with no option to get tested weekly instead of receiving a vaccination.
As of right now, 72% of all teachers in the NYC public school system are vaccinated and 65% of eligible students (12-17) are as well. The United Federation of Teachers released a statement last week where they claimed that “an independent arbitrator decided teachers who have documented or religious exemptions must be offered a non-classroom assignment.”
In some parts of the country infection rates among pediatric patients have been increasing as a result of the school year starting again. At Texas Children’s Hospital, Versalovic said, “We continue to be on a high plateau. The reality is we may be headed to another peak — or another valley if we all pull together.”
Gottlieb said “even though Covid-19 case rates may be declining in some older age groups, the one age category where it’s continuing to increase is in school-aged children. Putting students in pods in schools and routine asymptomatic testing can help reduce transmission.”
“Rather than quarantine that whole classroom, you just test them in a serial fashion to make sure that you didn’t have an exposure that led to a downstream case and so you can actually use testing to prevent quarantines.” Gottlieb said.
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