U.S. Coronavirus: As Covid-19 will increase hospital admissions, increasingly more Individuals are selecting to get vaccinated
More than a million doses of the vaccine were given Thursday, new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed. The average pace of vaccination beginners is more than 70% faster than it was a month ago.
Given the growing public awareness of the urgency of vaccination, two states that are lagging behind the rest of the nation – Oklahoma and Louisiana – are outperforming the national average, said Asma Mirza, chief of staff of the White House’s Covid-19 Response Team.
“We are seeing a new willingness, a new openness to vaccination,” she said in a discussion with faith leaders from Louisiana.
And because it takes weeks to gain immunity after a full vaccination, those who start vaccinating must also remain cautious.
Dr. Robert Jansen, chief medical officer at one of Atlanta’s largest trauma centers, Grady Health System, said there was “a tsunami of patients coming to the emergency room.”
The situation is also critical in Texas.
“We’re in a very dire situation in Austin,” said Lauren Meyers, director of the University of Texas’ Covid-19 Modeling Consortium, noting that the region’s hospitals are at a “breaking point.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that the state will deploy additional medical personnel to assist in hospitals across the state.
The rate of hospital admissions is still below the pandemic highs seen in January, CDC data shows. But at the current pace – an average of more than 11,000 new hospital admissions for Covid-19 last week – the US could hit a record high in a month, according to the CDC.
Preventive vaccinations are the most effective way to fight Covid-19 infection, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to approve the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine in late August, said former FDA commissioner Dr. Mark McClellan on Thursday. Current vaccines have received emergency approval.
“I think that approval, at least for the Pfizer vaccine, will be very soon – likely by the end of the month or soon after,” McClellan told CNN’s Chris Cuomo in September, widespread about 75% of the eligible population are being heard a CNN analysis of the CDC data received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at the current vaccination rates.
According to the CDC, around 51.1% of the total US population is fully vaccinated.
Vaccine requirements are taking shape
As vaccines have been consistently proven to be effective in keeping recipients out of hospitals, more and more jurisdictions across the country are taking action requiring employees to be vaccinated, with medical or religious exceptions exceptions.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker issued an executive order on Thursday that requires around 42,000 senior management staff to provide evidence of vaccinations or potential dismissal by mid-October, according to a spokesman.
According to Mayor LaToya Cantrell, New Orleans will have to wait until Jan.
The mayor’s office said the additional step was taken “to protect residents, city officials and public contract workers from the Covid-19 outbreak and, more recently, the Delta variant outbreak in Orleans Parish” .
In Oregon, all K-12 teachers, educators, staff and volunteers in public and private schools must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by October 18, or six weeks after full FDA approval, Governor Kate Brown said with at a press conference on Thursday.
The chief medical officer at St. Charles Hospital in Bend, Oregon said the hospitals are in crisis.
“Our frontline healthcare workers who care for patients every day are exhausted,” said Dr. Jeff Absalon. “They burned out. And we are in a pandemic that many of us consider largely preventable.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, told CNN’s Jake Tapper Thursday that vaccine needs in schools are a solid strategy for creating a safe environment.
“One of the most important ways is to surround the children with vaccinated people if they are eligible for vaccination – and that means teachers and staff in the school,” said Fauci.
“This is no longer an adult disease”
With schools back up and running, local officials are also in a bind over whether to make wearing masks mandatory in classrooms, as well as the daily challenges of quarantining students exposed to Covid-19.
Mask mandate litigation continued in Texas Thursday when the state Supreme Court denied Governor Abbott’s request to quickly intervene against some local jurisdictions’ decision to require masks in schools.
Dr. Sara Cross, a member of the Tennessee governor’s Covid-19 task force and an infectious disease specialist at the University of Tennessee, said mask bans would have “catastrophic consequences” for those in the classrooms.
“If a child doesn’t wear a mask, it doesn’t just affect that child. It affects the entire classroom. It affects teachers. We just had a teacher in the Memphis area, a 31-year-old woman who died from it.” Covid in the past few days from acquiring it in the classroom, ”Cross told CNN’s Ana Cabrera on Thursday.
“We can’t deal with what we see. We estimate that if we don’t take action to contain the spread, the number of cases in Tennessee will increase six-fold by the end of September, ”said Cross.
“This is no longer an adult disease,” Cross said, saying the downtown Memphis children’s hospital “currently has at least 9 children from Covid-19 in intensive care”.
At least 15 states have temporarily or indefinitely required K-12 students to wear masks in schools, according to a CNN analysis, with a few exceptions: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, New Jersey , New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington.
CNN’s Elizabeth Stuart, Maggie Fox, Deidre McPhillips, Virginia Langmaid, Lauren Mascarenhas, Madeline Holcombe, Rebekah Riess, Kay Jones, Brad Parks, Kristina Sgueglia, Jennifer Henderson, Andy Rose and Melissa Alonso contributed to this report.