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COVID-19 vaccinations up, infections down


A nurse administers COVID-19 vaccines to Amazon workers at a fulfillment center in North Las Vegas, Nev. Associated Press/ Photo by John Locher

COVID-19 vaccinations up, infections down

Half of all American adults have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Sunday. That’s almost 130 million people. Moderna and Pfizer’s two-shot regimens begin to offer at least some protection against COVID-19 after the first dose. More than 30 percent of U.S. adults are fully vaccinated against the virus. A Monmouth University poll conducted April 8-12 found 21 percent of U.S. adults say they do not plan to get the vaccine. Scientists have estimated the country could achieve herd immunity if 70 percent of the population is vaccinated.

What about the single-shot option? CDC advisers plan to meet on Friday to discuss whether to resume Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine. Health officials paused the shot to investigate the link between the vaccine and unusual blood clots. Among the more than 7 million people who have received the shot, there have been six cases of blood clots in women between the ages of 18 and 48, and one death. Meanwhile, new case numbers are trending down in many states, including Michigan, which led the nation in daily infections for weeks.

Dig deeper: Read Emily Belz, Jamie Dean, Leah Hickman, and Charissa Koh’s report on getting back to normal after a year of pandemic life.


Rachel Lynn Aldrich Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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My Two Cents

I don’t say I won’t ever get the vaccine, but I am waiting to see. Not that I have much faith in the FDA, but they are the experts. If and when the vaccines are fully approved, I might step up. I am bothered by the public pressure on the masses to fulfill their moral obligation to get the shot. “Emergency use” status should mean just that. It is an emergency to vaccinate front line workers, those who face the public, work in health care or child care facilities, live in communal housing, and those most at risk. Instead, it seems like the NIH and CDC are using millions of citizens as their phase 3 test group. I watch my friends suffer side effects to the vaccine, and being told the shot is doing its job, and most of them proclaim their misery is all worth it! If they think so, then more power to them. I’m watching numbers of the outlier cases of post-vaccine infections, and even deaths. Am I the only one who finds this concerning?

Joshua

The above statement that "Scientists have estimated the country could achieve herd immunity if 70 percent of the population is vaccinated" is inaccurate. The linked article states: "According to a report by the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, current data suggests that around 70 percent of the population would need to be immune to achieve herd immunity to coronavirus."
-Sarah