After nearly a year-and-a-half, the U.S. is getting closer to a return to so-called normalcy. Sports Stadiums are expanding attendance allowances, travel is one the rise and mask mandates are easing, but there is an elephant in the room — Vaccination Rates are dropping.
Health Experts are optimistic about the progress the U.S. is making against the COVID-19 Pandemic. Dr. Anand Swaminathan, an Emergency Room Physician saying: “I have now gone two consecutive shifts in a row without seeing a sick patient with Coronavirus, which is the first time since early last March that that’s happened.”
The average daily rate for new U.S. cases is less than 30,000 as the Nation is inching higher toward Herd Immunity. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention adding: “As more and more people roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated, the number of cases and level of community risk decreases.”
However, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the average daily pace of vaccinations is down nearly 50% from an April high. In eight States in the South, less than half of Adults have had at least one shot. Dr. Ashish Jha, the Dean of Brown University School of Public Health saying: “Last summer right around June, July, we saw a big surge of cases in the South. Why in the South? Because it gets pretty hot. It’s hard to spend time outside. People cluster indoors. And if we have large numbers of unvaccinated people in those states, we may very well see a surge this those states.”
That’s why some states are trying to entice people to get vaccinated, including Oregon where a shot can result in a cash payout. Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon saying: “If you’ve been waiting to get your vaccine or just haven’t gotten around to it, we’re going to give you extra incentive. How about a chance to win a Million Dollars.”
According to the CDC, seven States have reached the Biden White House’s goal of having at least 70% of Adults with at least one COVID-19 shot. They are: Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Vermont.