Experts Claim US Covid-19 Vaccination Efforts May Begin To Slow Now

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claim that more than 42% of Americans have at least one Covid-19 dose now, and roughly 29% are fully vaccinated.

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Andy Slavitt is a White House senior adviser to the nation’s Covid-19 response who recently spoke to the press about how the nation is set to “continue to make progress on vaccinations. It may not be as fast as the first 50% of the population vaccinated though, it likely will be slower but we’re going to get there.” 

Vaccine hesitancy is the biggest block in reaching a larger herd immunity, as some states have already begun experiencing a slowing for vaccine demands, and a recent report revealed that next month will be a “tipping point” for vaccination efforts in America. “Many of the Americans who haven’t started their vaccinations yet are still not sure that they want to take part in this amazing opportunity to put this virus behind us,” explained Dr. Francis Collins, the Director of the National Institutes of Health. 

“It’s an incredibly effective vaccine. When people learn those facts, we find more and more people each month say, ‘You know what, I think I’m going to get vaccinated,’” Slavitt explained. Dr. Anthony Fauci claims that between 70% to 85% of the nation must be immune to the virus to truly suppress its spread. 

“Right now, we’re averaging about 60,000 cases per day. As we get lower, you’re going to be seeing a gradual diminution of the restrictions and a more progressive moving towards normality.”

“It will be a gradual return to normal, where Americans can begin enjoying outdoor activities, travel, sporting events, theaters, and restaurants little by little,” Fauci explained. Former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb claimed that “the past trends, when we saw cases start to decline, we were somewhat skeptical because we knew a lot of those declines were a result of behavioral changes, people pulling back more, taking more precautions and then as soon as we sort of let our guard down, we saw cases surge again.”

“Right now, the declines that we’re seeing we can take to the bank,” he added. “I think we could feel more assured because they’re being driven by vaccinations and greater levels of population-wide immunity — not just from vaccination, but also from prior infection.”

While Covid-19 safety risks are much lower in outdoor settings, we still have ways to go before returning to a true sense of normalcy. “You do have to consider the rate of viral transmission in your community, the vaccination rates in your community and what kind of outdoor setting you’re in. A packed concert where people are shoulder-to-shoulder is going to be riskier than an outdoor volleyball game where you have a large area and people spread apart,” Dr. Richina Bicette, from the Baylor College of Medicine, said. 

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“Folks who haven’t been vaccinated yet still feel very much at risk, so we have to bring the rest of the country along with us. The most important thing we can do: people who haven’t been vaccinated, make sure they get vaccinated.”

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The CDC has reported, however, that as more individuals are receiving their initial shots, a growing number of Americans are missing their scheduled second dose. About 3.4% missed their second appointment in March and about 8% of Americans have missed it within the past month. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses to be fully effective against Covid-19. 

“Whenever you have a two-dose vaccine, you’re going to see people who for one reason or other — convenience, forgetting, a number of other things — just don’t show up for the second vaccine, and that phenomenon is not specific to the Covid-19 vaccine, but something that experts tend to see with other two-dose vaccinations,” Fauci explained. 

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced this week that the Defense Department would be providing support to India for its Covid-19 response. Austin claimed the department will be using “every resource at its disposal to provide the needed materials to India’s frontline healthcare workers.” 

“America has a moral responsibility to help India and the rest of the world to fight the pandemic. The United States and India are the two countries now that have suffered the most. They’ve been allies of ours, they’ve been people that we have over the decades and decades had strong collaboration and cooperation with,” Fauci claimed.