A quarter of Americans fully vaccinated against, according to CDC

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The United States has taken another important step in the race to protect its people from the coronavirus, with more than a quarter of Americans now fully vaccinated against Covid-19.


a group of people looking at a phone: FILE - In this April 10, 2021, a file photo, nurse Ashleigh Velasco, right, administers the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to Olga Perez at a clinic run by Healthcare Network , in Immokalee, Florida.  With coronavirus shots now in the arms of nearly half of American adults, the areas of the United States that excel and those that struggle with vaccinations are starting to look like the political map of the country: deeply divided between the Red States and blue.  (AP Photo / Lynne Sladky, file)


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FILE – In this file photo from April 10, 2021, nurse Ashleigh Velasco, right, administers the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to Olga Perez at a clinic run by Healthcare Network in Immokalee, Fla. The guns of nearly half of American adults, which regions of the United States excel, and those which struggle with vaccinations are starting to resemble the political map of the country: deeply divided between red and blue states. (AP Photo / Lynne Sladky, file)



a person standing in front of a store: Nurses file patient paperwork at Beaumont Hospital in Grosse Pointe, Mich., April 16, 2021


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On April 16, 2021, nurses file documents for patients at Beaumont Hospital in Grosse Pointe, Michigan

More than 84 million people – about 25.4% of the population – have been fully vaccinated, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released on Sunday.

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The CDC says more than 129 million Americans have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, or about 39.5% of the total United States population.

Starting Monday, everyone in the United States 16 years of age and older will be eligible to receive a vaccine.

Experts estimate that between 70 and 85% of the country must be immune to the virus – either by inoculation or previous infection – to suppress its spread.

But as eligibility opens up, concerns about access and reluctance to vaccination remain.

“We’re getting to the point where we’re getting to a tough audience,” said Lori Tremmel Freeman, CEO of the National Association of County and City Health Officials.

“Those who are not sure or who are not on the vaccine, do not have enough information or are downright … not interested in the vaccine for other reasons,” she said.

Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN on Sunday it was frustrating enough that a “disturbing proportion of Republicans” say they don’t want the vaccine.

The comments follow Fauci’s heated exchange on Thursday with Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan in which the Republican said coronavirus precautions violated First Amendment rights.

“They want to be able to say that these restrictions imposed by the public health recommendations are things of great concern to them, we are all concerned about this, we share that concern,” Fauci told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the” Union. “But the way you get rid of those restrictions is to get as many people vaccinated as quickly and as quickly as possible. “

When that happens, “it is absolutely certain” that the level of the virus in the community drops to the point where restrictions are not needed, he said.

“It’s almost paradoxical that, on the one hand, they want to be relieved of the restrictions, but on the other hand, they don’t want to be vaccinated,” Fauci said. “It almost makes no sense. “

J&J vaccine break

Some experts are also concerned that Johnson & Johnson’s recent vaccine hiatus is further fueling vaccine reluctance.

CDC and Food and Drug Administration officials made the recommendation on six reported cases in the United States of a “rare and serious” type of blood clot, among more than 6.8 million Americans who have had it. vaccinate.

CDC vaccine advisers, after meeting last week without making a decision, have scheduled another meeting for April 23 to discuss whether the J&J vaccine causes blood clots and, if so, whether do about it. The group had previously said they needed more information.

Video: Listen to Doctor’s Message for People with J&J Vaccine Concerns (CNN Money)

Listen to the doctor’s message for people with J&J vaccine concerns

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Fauci told CNN he expected a decision on the vaccine to be made by Friday.

“I don’t want to get ahead of the CDC, the FDA, and the advisory board, but I imagine what we would say is that he would come back and he would come back in some sort of warning or restriction.” he said.

Fauci said taking a break was the safe thing to do, saying “you want to make sure you have all the information you need. ”

Speaking to CNN on Saturday, CNN emergency physician and medical analyst Dr Leana Wen also said she welcomed the break.

“I’m glad the hiatus is happening because it really illustrates that our system is working, that our federal health officials are prioritizing – more than anything else – safety,” Wen said. “If they’re willing to pause on something that’s less than one in a million, we should be really reassured about their commitment to safety. “

The other two Covid-19 vaccines that also got the green light in the United States – Pfizer and Moderna – are not involved in the hiatus. And in the weeks to come, it will be essential to continue the important message about their safety, Wen said, and why vaccinations against Covid-19 remain essential.

“We are doing this because we have a pandemic that has killed over 500,000 people here in the United States,” Wen added.

Fauci warned that even vaccinated Americans must continue with other mitigation measures, such as wearing masks.

He told CNN that it was possible that someone could be vaccinated but still infected without any signs of clinical illness. They could then inadvertently pass the virus on to someone who has not been vaccinated.

Breakthrough variants and infections, while unusual, are another reason to keep wearing masks, he told CNN.

“We don’t want people to think that you don’t drastically reduce your risk when you get the vaccine, you absolutely do, the risk is very low and people will be making decisions about what they want to do and that will be a parent. risk, ”he said.

Surge overwhelming Michigan hospitals

States nationwide are reporting an increase in Covid-19 cases. But in one state – Michigan – another surge overwhelmed hospitals and healthcare workers who were already exhausted, a local health official said.

And there are several reasons for the crisis.

“First, we believe the overall infection rate in Michigan has been lower during the pandemic to date,” Beaumont Health CEO John Fox said on Saturday. “Second, Michigan opened recently… with various relief orders going. “

Officials reported last week that all eight Beaumont Health hospitals in two counties in the Detroit area were 90% -95% full and their number of Covid-19 patients rose from 129 at the end of February to more of 800 patients in April.

“Unfortunately, I think people have given up on their infection control issues, they don’t wear their masks as much as they should, (or) social distancing, hand hygiene,” Fox added.

Fauci told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that the most effective way for places like Michigan to deal with large outbreaks of Covid-19 was to shut down, rather than redeploy vaccines from other states.

“The best way when you’re in the middle of a real big epidemic and a big wave is to really stop things a lot more,” Fauci said. “If you take vaccines from other places and move them around, you make that place vulnerable to what’s going on in Michigan. This is the reason why you don’t see a lot of interstate vaccine remobilization.

Fox said the highly contagious variant of the B.1.1.7 coronavirus further complicated the situation in Michigan, spreading rapidly not only within the state, but across the country.

Cases of this variant, which was first detected in the UK, have now been reported in all 50 US states, according to CDC data. Florida leads the country with the most cases of the B.1.1.7 strain, followed by Michigan and Minnesota, according to CDC data.

And with much of the elderly population vaccinated against the virus, the variant has hit younger groups hard.

“It really shows up in all of our emergency rooms and quite frankly in our inpatient units,” Fox said. “We are treating younger patients than ever before. ”

Dr Wen says she’s worried about what this might mean for Michigan and the United States.

“What’s happening in Michigan now could very well be happening in other states,” she told CNN on Saturday. “Mainly because we have this more contagious B.1.1.7 variant that is now dominant in the United States. ”

The encouraging news, Wen added, is that more vaccinations could help mitigate another potential wave of violence in the country.

Looking ahead, Fauci told ABC’s “This Week” Sunday that it should be clear by fall whether people will need reminders for Covid-19.

“I believe when we get into late summer and early fall we’ll have a pretty good idea of ​​whether or not we really need to give people a helping hand and when to give it to them.” He told ABC’s Martha Raddatz.

Fauci said the determination would be based on the level of what would be considered “correlative immunity,” such as the level of antibodies. “When the slope starts to go down, you can predict when you’re going to drop below the safe level or you might start to see breakthrough infections,” he said.

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