For those who love freedom and hate wearing masks or distance learning, Dr. Jerome Adams has a straightforward message: get vaccinated.
“More mitigation measures are coming. Whether it’s masking or shutting down, or your child must return to virtual learning, this will come,” a Trump administration surgeon told CBS’ “Face the Country” on Sunday.
“It’s coming because the epidemic is out of control again. And it’s getting out of control because we don’t have enough people to be vaccinated.”
As of Sunday, only 49.1% of Americans were vaccinated. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This is far from enough to prevent the spread of Delta variants, The most infectious strain of the new coronavirus Once determined.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, in 48 states, the rate of new COVID-19 cases in the past week has increased by at least 10% compared to the previous week.
In 34 states, the rate of new cases has increased by more than 50%.
“What makes this possible is that we are dealing with the most spreadable version of Covid-19 we have seen so far,” said current US surgeon Dr. Vivek Murthy.
Trump administration official Adams said that, therefore, eligible Americans who want to prevent more mask injunctions, business closures, and resumption of distance learning need to do their part and get vaccinated.
“This will help every American enjoy the freedom we want to restore,” he said.
People with weakened immune systems may be the first to get an extra dose
COVID-19 vaccine used in the U.S. There is no coronavirus in it, But they do require an immune system response to function.
So millions of Americans A weakened immune system or taking drugs that suppress the immune system may not get as much help from the vaccine Just like everyone else.
Although there are many speculations Whether (or when) a booster injection may be needed, The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said this month, “Americans who have been fully vaccinated do not need booster shots at this time. “
But with the development of data, this situation may change, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Fauci told CNN on Sunday that if a booster dose of the vaccine is needed, the person whose immune system is suppressed may be the first person to be vaccinated.
Fauci said that people whose immune system is suppressed may include transplant patients, patients receiving cancer chemotherapy, patients with autoimmune diseases, and patients taking immunosuppressive drugs.
Like many other vaccines, a small percentage of people who have been vaccinated have already been vaccinated Breakthrough infection.
but More than 97% of COVID-19 hospitalized patients are not vaccinated, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said last week.
A study found that only a small percentage of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the United States were fully vaccinated, and 44% of them were immunocompromised.
According to a statement on Friday, the CDC and the FDA are “exploring multiple options” to provide a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine to people with weakened immune systems when needed.
The CDC said in a statement to CNN on Friday: “Emerging data shows that in some people with weakened immune systems, after an additional dose of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, the antibody response has increased.”
“Although early data shows some potential benefits of giving additional doses, more evidence is needed to determine the safety and effectiveness of immune-compromised people.”
Murthy said that those who are immunocompromised and vaccinated against Covid-19 may still want to continue wearing masks.
The surge in COVID-19 numbers
In California, San Diego County and Los Angeles County have reported their Maximum number of cases Since February, the number of hospitalizations in Los Angeles County has more than doubled in two weeks.
In Florida, state health data showed that the positive rate of new cases almost doubled in two weeks, from 7.8% in the week of July 2 to 15.1%.
State officials said on Friday that Louisiana is now the state with the highest increase in cases per capita in the United States.
“We know that more than 80% of them are Delta variants-that’s what caused this surge,” said Governor John Bell Edwards.
“The reason for the surge is that the proportion of people vaccinated is very low.”
Murthy said that in rare cases, a fully vaccinated person later becomes infected, and this infection may cause mild symptoms or no symptoms at all.
“If you do get a breakthrough infection-which is unusual in itself-it is more likely to be mild or asymptomatic,” the surgeon said.
Vaccines provided at the festival
With the decline in vaccination rates in Florida, the rate of new COVID-19 infections has soared.
The state reported 73,199 new COVID-19 cases last week-up from 45,603 the previous week, According to the data From the Florida Department of Health.
The number of newly vaccinated vaccines in the past few months has fallen by more than two-thirds, from more than 769,000 doses in the week of May 14 to approximately 245,000 doses last week.
“Our community is experiencing a surge in the danger of COVID cases,” Mayor tweeted“If you are not vaccinated, you can get vaccinated in the Rolling Loud vaccine pop-up window throughout the weekend.”