The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that it’s imperative for everyone to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 Coronavirus. However, despite this recommendation, almost a percent of Americans are skipping the shot. Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 deaths continues to rise as Delta ravages the United States.
While the rate of immunization progresses nationally gradually, the danger for Coronavirus remains high for tens of millions of Americans who did not receive the shot. As per information from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 56% of the entire United States population – about 65% of those aged 12 and older – did receive complete vaccination.
“We’ve lost 700,000 Americans now, and fully 200,000 of those folks have died since vaccines have been available almost to everyone in this country, and every one of those deaths is unnecessary. So even though the news is great for this antiviral agent, really, the message that people need to receive is ‘get vaccinated.’ No one needs to die from this virus,” medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner declared.
Certain groups of people are at higher risk of severe complications if they get COVID-19, such as people over 65 years old, people with chronic conditions like diabetes and asthma. For these people, an additional booster shot is recommended.
While many experts and officials continue to work on new inoculation numbers that will contribute to reducing hospitalization rates, booster doses are becoming popular amongst individuals who have been previously completely immunized with Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
Children younger than 12 cannot get the shot. However, protective measures, such as vaccination for all eligible teenagers and adults, using indoor masks, frequent testing, physical distance, and ventilation will help reduce SARS-CoV-2 transmission in non-vaccinated child environments.