But President Joe Biden’s goal of 70% of adults receiving at least one dose of vaccine has encountered a significant obstacle – a dwindling number of people wanting to get vaccinated.
The CDC director said there was no magical target for herd immunity, but she believed that reaching 70% would go a long way towards protecting the community.
“We have parts of this country with lower vaccination rates,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky. “I worry that this virus is an opportunist and that we might see it again where we have low vaccination rates. So now it’s really about making sure we reach these churches too. ”
And for those who feel they don’t need the vaccine’s protection, Collins said they are receiving the doses as a “donation” to those in communities who – for reasons like chemotherapy and organ transplants – aren’t necessarily protected from Covid- 19 through vaccinations.
Cash prizes and nightlife vaccinations to get through the “slog phase”
The big challenge for officials is reaching people who don’t necessarily want to get the vaccine.
“Now we need to keep making it easier to both get and respond to people’s concerns,” he said, adding that the vaccine was “amazingly effective and very, very safe.”
To add convenience for younger residents, New York City officials will park mobile vaccine buses outside of popular nightlife spots, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday.
In addition to improving access and education, more and more companies and officials are offering incentives to register for vaccinations.
Kroger Health announced Thursday that it is launching a $ 5 million # CommunityImmunity giveaway to help motivate more people to get the vaccine.
Between June 3 and July 10, Kroger Health will award $ 1 million each week to a winner and 50 prizes for “Groceries for a Year” for five weeks, according to a company statement.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced the “Shots of a Lifetime” giveaway series to encourage vaccination across the state.
Awards include cash prizes totaling $ 2 million, assistance with tuition and higher education expenses, sports tickets and equipment, gift cards, airline tickets, and gaming systems and smart speakers, he said.
“We’re making this investment today because we know that every life in Washington state has value,” said Inslee. “I’m excited to announce these powerful incentives that have the potential to save thousands of lives.”
Will young students return to school wearing masks?
Walensky, meanwhile, expressed particular concern about vaccinating young people, citing an increase in the number of young people hospitalized this spring, which “should force us to redouble our efforts.“
“I would like to highlight a certain population that we had hoped would join the tens of millions already vaccinated – and those are young people,” Walensky said on Thursday. In May, the US Food and Drug Administration extended approval of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to younger age groups from 12 to 15 years.
“We are now doing studies that are still going on during our presentation, studies that look at what we call age de-escalation, children from 12 to 9 and then 9 to 6 and then 6 to 2 and then 6 months to 2 Years, ”said Fauci John Berman of CNN.
While Thanksgiving can be a quick schedule for vaccine development, it poses a particular problem for students who may be in school months before vaccination.
That could mean children under the age of 12 will return to school wearing masks in the fall, despite Walensky said the policy is being revised.
When asked whether there could be a change to the mask instructions in time for school in the fall, Walensky said: “I think we will. We are now looking at the evidence and will publish this guide soon. ”
Contributors to this report are Lauren Mascarenhas, Naomi Thomas, Raja Razek, Jessica Jordan, Laura Ly, Kelsie Smith and Jacqueline Howard of CNN.
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