US coronavirus: The slowing Covid-19 vaccination rate is worrying experts. Here’s what some states are doing to change the trend
However, those numbers are below an average early April high of 3.3 million per day.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, said Friday that the best way for the country to avoid another Covid-19 surge – and shutdown – is to get vaccinated.
“It’s not over until it’s over – and it’s not over yet,” Fauci said at an event hosted by US Health and Human Services, urging people to be careful if they think the pandemic is over .
Currently, 12 states have reached Biden’s one-dose goal: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
The urge to increase vaccinations is underscored by further evidence that the mass vaccination programs this year have made a huge contribution to the fight against Covid-19.
Over the past month, the number of deaths from Covid-19 has dropped noticeably, and confirmed cases continue to decline compared to previous highs, according to CDC data.
Almost 170 million people – just over half the total US population – have received at least one dose of vaccine, and approximately 137.5 million people – 41.4% of the population – are fully vaccinated.
Incentives for vaccines go further
The latest is Hawaii, which has a variety of donated prizes, including vacation packages and airline miles, to help you reach vaccination milestones as quickly as possible.
“The past 15 or 16 months have been a very difficult time for our tourism sector,” said Peter Ingram, President and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines.
Hawaii, which has maintained some of the strictest travel restrictions throughout the pandemic, is starting to relax the rules on air travel and drop its testing and quarantine requirements for people flying between the Hawaiian islands from June 15. All pandemic restrictions will be completely lifted once. The vaccination rate has reached 70%, the state said.
In Kentucky, Governor Andy Beshear announced the state’s new Covid-19 vaccine incentive that will give vaccinated adults “a million dollar chance,” he said.
“In the coming weeks, three vaccinated Kentuckers, ages 18 or older, will become millionaires,” Beshear said Friday, adding that 15 Kentuckers ages 12-17 are receiving full scholarships to a state public college, university, or technical or business school become.
More than 2 million Kentuckers have been vaccinated, but Beshear expects “a significant increase,” he said following Friday’s announcement.
In Colorado, Governor Jared Polis presented Sally Sliger with an oversized check for $ 1 million as the winner of the state’s first “Comeback Cash” drawing.
Sliger said she has lived in Colorado all her life and currently resides in the town of Mead with her husband and two children.
“The likelihood that my family and myself would get a million dollars overnight seemed incredibly slim,” said Sliger, encouraging everyone to get vaccinated for freedom. “It was of course surreal.”
Protecting children remains a priority
As vaccines continue to find their way into the arms of eligible adolescents and adults, health officials remain concerned about the safety of children. Only people aged 12 and over can currently receive a Covid-19 vaccine in the United States.
“It tells you that children are still suffering from this virus and can be hospitalized,” Offit told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “We initially had the idea that this was just a disease of the elderly. That’s not true. This virus can also harm children.”
As a result, school mask bans in states like Texas are irresponsible and could lead to more children becoming sick, Offit said.
“Having rules like this that just encourage the spread of this virus – which only result in more children getting sick – is just nonsensical,” he said.
The CDC says that vaccinated people can stop wearing masks in most cases, but unvaccinated people should keep using them.
The FDA’s Advisory Committee on Vaccines and Related Biological Products (VRBPAC), of which Offit is a member, will meet on June 10 to discuss what the FDA should consider when approving or approving the use of coronavirus vaccines in children under the age of 12 .
Both Moderna and Pfizer are conducting studies for their vaccines in children under the age of 11.
CNN’s Deidre McPhillips, Lauren Mascarenhas, Michael Nedelman, Andy Rose, Melissa Alonso, Naomi Thomas and Hannah Sarisohn contributed to this report.