A year after the first coronavirus vaccine became available in the United States, and after months of political struggle over vaccine mandates, the country’s campaign to vaccinate the population seems to have hit a hit. wall, with very few showing up for the first shot.
An average of 76,000 Americans a day received their first dose this week, the lowest number since December 2020, According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The overall number of doses per day, including the first, second and booster doses, is also at its lowest since then. This is a far cry from the peak of the vaccination campaign in April 2021, when an average of 1.8 million Americans got their first shot each day.
It appears that those who are willing to get vaccinated have vaccinated, while those who are hesitant or resistant to the vaccine now have less incentive to change their mind. The number of Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are falling, and many states are pulling back from their mandate to wear masks.
“Talking to vaccine-resistant patients is one of the most frustrating things I’ve ever done as a doctor,” said Dr. Irwin Redlener, a pediatrician and director of the National Center for Standards suffered for Disaster, said. “What’s odd here are typical public health messages, such as ‘If you have Covid and you’re not vaccinated, you’re 20 times more likely to die than if you were vaccinated. vaccination’, does not seem to work with these patients. Black and white scientific reality is seriously contradicting misinformation.”
As the United States approaches the two-year anniversary of the pandemic, the public mood toward it is dominated by fatigue and frustration, a recent report found. This attitude crosses partisan lines and crosses different age groups, genders, races, ethnicities and incomes. According to the report, the public is now more worried about the impact of the Omicron wave on the economy than their health and personal lives.
“There are a lot of people who fantasize that we’re done with the pandemic, but we’re not,” Dr. Redlener said, adding that a possible increase in new variants and sub-variant make vaccination more urgent than ever. “I wouldn’t worry if people said, ‘We’re sick of this, we want to get back to normal, but we’re going to get vaccinated.’ Unfortunately, what we are seeing is a combination of the illusion of normalcy with vaccine hesitancy.”
About 76% of Americans have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Experts estimate that with only about 65% of the population fully vaccinated, the United States has little hope of achieving herd immunity. About 80 million Americans remain unvaccinated, putting them at high risk of hospitalization and death from Covid-19.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/25/us/covid-vaccination-rate.html US first-time immunization rates are at a new low