The demographics, the presence of the strain of COVID, the use of masks, social distance and climate all contribute to the spread of the virus, which is why not even regions with extremely low vaccination rates have been seen. Outbreak in Alabama The infection rates are relatively stable, partly helped by the warmer temperatures that drive more people outside.
But the need for vaccines has hit a wall in that state, making the community the least resistant to shots, or those with the least accessibility, particularly at risk.
Scott Harris, Alabama Health Officer, said: States with higher poverty rates And less public health infrastructure Struggling to provide the vaccine In his state, he asked doctors in rural white communities to use mobile phones to create videos urging patients to get vaccinated.
“For that demographic, they don̵7;t trust the government, they don’t trust the public health, the media, and the politicians,” he said.
“We will tackle this group in the future,” said Shereef Elnahal, CEO of University Hospital in Newark, NJ and former state health commissioner. They may be the most vulnerable in the future. “
The Biden administration sought to bridge the gap by working with primary care doctors and encouraging states and localities to set up walk-up sites to try to make vaccinations as convenient as possible for tens of millions of people who do not resist. To be shot But not just looking for
“We always expect the higher the percentage of people who are vaccinated, the more difficult it will be,” said a senior executive working on the COVID response.
In the administration, there was little expectation that the country would return to the level of 4 million shots a day that officials celebrated earlier this year, in addition to the expected extension to younger adolescents. But officials also insisted there was no panic about the slowdown or the gap.Nearly 40 percent of U.S. adults are fully vaccinated and receiving millions more doses every week.
“The number of raw people getting images is almost the same as that go to Dunkin ‘Donuts every day,” a senior executive said.
However, some of Biden’s representatives and health experts have pressed the management to make it clearer how quickly people can return to their normal lives once they get vaccinated, which can prove to be a motivating factor. Important for people with little motivation Especially younger men Last week, the CDC loosened up mask recommendations for people who received the vaccine after several public health experts complained that the administration was not fast enough.
“The initial setup has to be more optimistic,” said Obama-era Homeland Security Officer Juliette Kayyem, who is advising states on the COVID response. that ‘Life is great on the other hand.’
But White House officials still know those times are not yet available to everyone.
“We provide millions of images per day, so there was no expectation that there would be a greater balance between supply and demand,” said Jeff Zients, White House’s Covid-19 response coordinator during a briefing on Friday. That makes it more important for us to make it easier for people to get vaccinated. ”