Even as the highly communicable delta variant sweeps the country, there’s some good news: As of last week, more people in the United States were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 than were unvaccinated. Vaccination rates are finally on the rise again after a drop in the summer months of June and July.
The Delta variant has been causing an increase in cases, hospitalizations and deaths across the country, and public health experts have observed that areas with high vaccination rates are better protected than areas where few people are vaccinated.
Today, the 5 most vaccinated states (14 million people) had
580 people in hospital, 12 deaths
In the 5 least vaccinated states (16 million people)?
6,600 hospitalized, 104 deaths
Per capita, the least vaccinated states have
10 times more hospitalizations and 7 times more deaths
So yeah the vaccines are working
– Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH (@ashishkjha) August 10, 2021
The reasons behind the recent rebound in vaccines are many: anti-vaxxers that have become seriously ill With the virus they are now urging people to get vaccinated. Vaccine mandates are becoming more common: hospitals, government agencies, and large private companies like McDonalds require vaccinations for employees. New York has started ask people to show proof of vaccination to dine indoors, go to gyms and entertainment venues.
As experts point out, children have a greater chance of being protected when the adults around them are vaccinated.
In reality, although vaccination rates for children under 12 are the same (0%) in all states,
The infection numbers are not
In Massachusetts, about 250 children under the age of 10 were infected last week.
In Florida, it was about 9,000
In Louisiana, it was around 1600
– Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH (@ashishkjha) August 3, 2021
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