“Any person we can vaccinate at this point is a different protected person,” said the officer. “You have to be realistic that people will need a little longer in this phase.” This means that you try to reach people where they are, in their neighborhood, in their schools and at work, in their general practitioners’ offices – wherever everyone can be reached.
Meanwhile the urgency only grows:
Delta hit in the US now spans from cases to hospital admissions, 13 states with delta prevalence> 65% now with hospital admissions increase ≥ 25% in the past 14 days pic.twitter.com/shuWiAyBxQ
– Eric Topol (@EricTopol) July 11, 2021
As we have seen, the first cases increase, then hospital admissions, and then deaths. However, if the US goes down this path again, much of the deaths will be completely unnecessary. As of June, 99% of people who died of COVID-19 in the United States were unvaccinated. Another wave of deaths, if it comes, will be a party matter thanks to Republican immunization resistance. There are other groups with low vaccination rates, but they have better reasons than getting COVID-19 to own the Libs and showing loyalty to Donald Trump: people who are not on sick leave may be concerned about paying a daily wage due to side effects to lose. The U.S. medical system reasonably makes people fearful of surprise bills, so the assurances that the vaccine is free may not get through to people. Children under the age of 12 cannot be vaccinated yet. And of course some immunocompromised people may be vaccinated but still have poor protection.
But, to a shocking degree, people who fail to get vaccinated will not be vaccinated for partisan reasons, and high profile Republicans are stepping up the fight against vaccination as a political ploy. Most of all, this is the challenge vaccination efforts are now facing, even as the warning signs increase.