Covid-19 vaccination efforts start slowing down with more Americans getting vaccinated, according to an official who spoke to CNN on Sunday.
US Vaccination Efforts Might Start Slowing Down
Over 42% of the US population had been administered at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and around 28.5% of the population was fully vaccinated.
According to Andy Slavitt, White House Covid-19 senior adviser, the administration would continue making progress; it might not be as fast as the 50% first vaccinated, he thought it would be slower. However, he thought the US would continue to get there.
According to experts the US was faced with major challenges when it came to administering vaccine to more people, including vaccine hesitancy.
According to commentators, while the country was still not anywhere near widespread protection levels, some areas had already started seeing a slow down in vaccine demand. According to a recent report, by next month, vaccine enthusiasm would likely hit a tipping point and efforts aimed at encouraging Covid-19 vaccinations would become much harder.
Many Americans who had not yet started their vaccinations were still not sure they wanted to participate in the amazing opportunity to put this virus behind the nation, according to National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins who recently spoke to CNN.
According to experts including Dr Anthony Fauci, between 70% to 85% of the country needed to be immune to the virus, either through earlier infection or through vaccination for the suppression of its spread.
But even before the percentages were achieved, the country would have reached a point where Covid-19 cases would start falling dramatically with more people getting vaccinated, Fauci said.
But it had not reached that level yet.
Fauci told CNN on Sunday that the US was right now averaging around 60,000 cases per day. He added as the US got lower and lower and lower, one would be seeing a gradual diminution in the restrictions as also a progress towards normality.
He added, it would be a gradual return to normal with Americans beginning to enjoy outdoor activities, sporting events, travel, restaurants, and theaters, little by little.
According to CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky’s last week’s report, the US’ seven-day average of new Covid-19 cases was falling. Also, there was a big reason why the decline could continue this time, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said.
Gottlieb said on CBS’, Face the Nation, that during past trends when one saw cases starting to decline, experts were rather skeptical as they knew a lot of those declines were due to people pulling back more, behavioral changes, taking more precautions and then as soon people let down their guard, one saw a surge in cases.
He added right now, the declines that were being seen one could take to the bank. He added, he thought one could feel more assured as they were being driven by greater levels of immunity in the population not only from vaccination but also from earlier infection.
Fauci said Sunday, for Americans fully vaccinated, more guidance was expected to be released in a few days, about what they could safely do focused on mask use and outdoor activities.
He told CNN that in the next few days, the CDC would very likely come out with updates to their guidelines as regards what people who were vaccinated could do and also some who had not been vaccinated.
According to one expert, even as the risks of Covid-19 appeared to be significantly lower outdoors, it was nevertheless important to consider several factors while deciding on masking up or not.
One needed to consider the viral transmission rate in one’s community, the vaccination rates in one’s community and the kind of outdoor setting one was in, according to Dr Richina Bicette of the Baylor College of Medicine who spoke to CNN Sunday.