As the US looked to accelerate vaccinations to beat Covid-19 variants, full vaccination among adults now stood at over 1 in 4, CNN reported.
While over 66 million people had been administered two doses, over a third of Americans — or 112 million –had received at least one dose data published Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed.
1 In 4 US Adults Fully Vaccinated Against Covid-19
Experts and officials are hoping for speeding up the process to get Americans vaccinated quickly as lockdown fatigue sets in. Many people are becoming lax on the masks, social distancing etc even as more transmissible, and potentially deadlier variants of the virus become dominant. To boost the effort all 50 states will be opening vaccinations to all Americans 16 and up by April 19 in their commitment to halt the virus in its tracks.
Dr Anthony Fauci noting the spike in Europe that seemed to be worrying experts in the US, said it was much like a race between the surge that seemed to want to increase and getting people vaccinated.
The US continued to average over 60,000 new cases a day, a level, that according to Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease, risked another surge in the US. Experts are worried that B.1.1.7 variant, identified first in the UK was spreading and was dominant US strain now.
Dr. Michael Osterholm, director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, said this week that he wished that there had been three or four months before the B.1.1.7 variant surge started.
With states including Vermont and California planning to reopen fully this summer, experts warn that for the true declaration of victory against the variants, Americans needed to get vaccinated and press on with measures like mask wearing and social distancing.
Meanwhile, sone people had voiced concerns over the possibility of adverse reactions to vaccines, health experts had been advising that benefits outweighed the risks.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), on Thursday, said it found that the adverse reaction suffered by 11 people who were given the Johnson & Johnson shot at the vaccination site of Dick’s Sporting Goods Park was not a cause for concern.
According to Dr Eric France, chief medical officer with CDPHE, after review of each person’s symptoms, and an analysis of other vaccinations from the same vaccine lot and interacting with the CDC to confirm their findings, the could confidently say that there was no reason for concern.
The National Institutes of Health, had meanwhile started a clinical trial to determine whether people who had mast cell disorder or were highly allergic, were more likely to experience an immediate allergic reaction to the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna Covid-19 vaccines, according to the agency’s news release.
According to commentators, in mast cell disorder the accumulation of a type of white blood cell triggered an allergic reaction.
According to Fauci, the public understandably had concerns over reports of severe and rare allergic reaction to the vaccines.
He added the information that had been revealed during the trial would help doctors advise people who were highly allergic or who had a mast cell disorder about the benefits and risks of the two vaccines. He said for most people, however, COVID-19 vaccination benefits far outweighed the risks.
A trend seen lately was the younger patients, partly due to activities like school sports and due to the vaccination of elderly people, Fauci said Wednesday. A number of universities were now implementing policies to ensure that outbreaks did not happen among students.
After more than 50 Covid-19 cases among students, the University of Chicago had issued a stay-at-home order for students residing in residence halls.