US coronavirus: The vaccination charge within the US is at its highest stage in weeks. However mandates could also be required for youngsters going again to high school, the knowledgeable says
But still just over half of the total population is fully vaccinated, and 31.2% of the eligible population remain unvaccinated.
The large part of the population who has not yet been vaccinated is even more worrisome as the number of cases increases. With an average of more than 116,600 new Covid-19 cases per day, it is the highest in about six months, according to Johns Hopkins University.
And the number of hospital admissions and deaths has nearly doubled in the past two weeks. According to the Ministry of Health, more than 68,000 people with Covid-19 are being hospitalized
The vaccinations “hold their own against the Delta variant. The problem is that we don’t get enough people vaccinated,” Frieden told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “Vaccination is our way through this pandemic, but we need to increase the numbers.”
The vaccines are even more effective than experts had hoped, Frieden said.
More than 99.99% of people fully vaccinated against Covid-19 have not had a breakthrough case that resulted in hospitalization or death, according to a CNN analysis of data from the CDC.
But as effective as vaccines are, Frieden said that if rates are too low, vaccination may have to be paired with masking requirements.
“What we know really well is that vaccines and masks work,” he said. “Doubling the protection is particularly important because we have this doubly contagious variant of Delta.
Expert calls for mandatory vaccination for young people who go to school
Concern about the increase in cases grows for many as parents start sending their children to school for the New Year.
A CNN analysis on Aug. 5 found that at least seven states – Arkansas, Arizona, Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Utah – districts have banned masking requirements in schools.
On August 6, in response to two lawsuits – one from a school district and one from parents – wanting schools to require masks, on August 6, an Arkansas judge temporarily blocked enforcement of the mask-banning law in schools on August 6 choose so.
School districts are allowed to enforce masking requirements while the lawsuit continues.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis escalated the fight in the state over masking requirements on Monday when his office said the state education committee could withhold salaries of school principals and school council members who disregard the governor’s order effectively banning masking requirements in school districts .
Florida Superintendent for Alachua Public Schools, Dr. Carlee Simon wrote in a Washington Post comment that her district is opposed to the ban. She told CNN’s Don Lemon that DeSantis wasn’t taking the coronavirus situation seriously enough.
A health expert said vaccination requirements might be required for children between the ages of 12 and 17 as the new school year begins.
Dr. Speaking of the surge in pediatric intensive care units in certain parts of the country, Peter Hotez, a vaccinologist and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that “schools will be an accelerator”. “for childhood infections without universal masking.
“It will not even be enough to have mask compulsory in schools,” he said. “We must have vaccinated all young people, and we really need to work towards vaccination mandates for 12-17 year olds in schools.”
In some states, only a quarter of the youth population is vaccinated, Hotez said, so both masking and increasing student vaccination rates are important to curb the spread in school.
“If we want to give our struggle a chance for a successful school year, we need everyone who can be vaccinated to be vaccinated, and everyone must be masked,” said Hotez.
Local leaders take different sides in mandate debates
Some health professionals have pointed to vaccination and mask mandates as possible solutions to rising cases. And while some local leaders are moving towards these efforts, others are rejecting them.
Washington joined many states on Monday that announced requirements for state officials to be vaccinated against the virus.
Governor Jay Inslee’s mandate would include 60,000 government employees and 400,000 health workers, as well as thousands of contractors. According to the mandate, these workers must be vaccinated in places where the state does business.
Some local leaders are pushing against Texas anti-mask mandate policies as many hospitals in the state are overwhelmed with Covid-19 cases.
According to the Texas Department of Health, more than 9,000 people across the state had been hospitalized with Covid-19 by Monday evening. There are currently 394 ICU beds available across the state.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott sent a letter to the Texas Hospital Association Monday urging hospitals to voluntarily postpone voluntary medical procedures in order to “increase hospital capacity for COVID-19 patients,” according to a press release from Abbott’s office.
Last month Abbott issued an executive order that no government agency, including school districts, could require the wearing of masks.
On Monday, Clay Jenkins, a Dallas County judge, petitioned a Texas court for an injunction banning mask mandates.
“Governor Abbott has adopted an approach that bans face covering on a nationwide basis. Regardless of his motivation or the dangerousness of such a decision, it is in his legally delegated power to decide to order face-covering. “Or refuse to do so,” Jenkins wrote in his file on Monday. “But the governor has also tried the elected local authority to forbid making any other decision in response to local conditions to protect their own communities. “
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice told his constituents, “You are taking one hell of a risk if you are not vaccinated,” but added that he “absolutely” does not want to prescribe anything like masks or vaccines.
Justice said if things continue as they are, a mask mandate may have to return at some level.
“You have to run to the fire this second and get vaccinated, and your kids have to run to the fire if you take them to get them vaccinated,” Justice said. “I am telling you, as your governor, as your friend, as the person you really trust, that this is the top priority in your life now and that you must run to the fire and get the vaccination.”
CNN’s Deidre McPhillips, Claudia Dominquez, Camille Furst, Keith Allen, Jennifer Henderson, Jacqueline Howard, Elizabeth Stuart, Amara Walker, Virginia Langmaid and Evan McMorris-Santoro contributed to this report.