Experts say they have seen this.
“In the first few months, we caught the part of the population that really wanted these vaccines,” infectious disease expert Dr. Matti Hlatshao Davis told CNN on Saturday. “But now we’ve come to the ‘wait and see’ crowd and the full ‘I don’t want’ crowd.”
“Trust in vaccines needs to be addressed, while access needs to be addressed,” Davis said. “We have to be … innovative both in the field of culturally competent education and to be careful where the holes are and where we can get shots in people’s hands.”
“The group we need to focus on first are those who really want the vaccine but just don’t have it because they have other things in their lives that they need to worry about,” such as guiding multiple jobs or care for elderly parents or children, she said.
“We really need to make it easier for them to get the vaccine. I think we need to close mass vaccination sites, redistribute vaccines in doctors’ offices, pharmacies, get public clinics and churches, schools and jobs,” Wen added.
And there are a group of people who have specific concerns about vaccines, such as what the side effects might be, Wen said.
“We have to deal with these concerns, ideally from people in their community who have changed their minds, who initially thought, ‘I’m worried about vaccines too, but here’s what changed my mind.’ “
The United States is still vying to vaccinate
But the sooner the United States vaccinates more Americans, the more opportunities the country has to prevent the virus from spreading further and the potential for new dangerous variants to emerge.
“The more viral and viral replication, the more likely the virus is to mutate, and that means additional opportunities for variation to evolve,” Valensky said.
In Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown sounded the alarm on Friday, saying the state had registered a 20 percent increase in Covid-19 cases in five weeks and nearly doubled its hospitalizations in one week.
The cases were widespread, the governor said, and driven by more contagious options.
She added that several counties would see temporarily tightened restrictions to help slow the spread of the virus.
By the summer we can return to normal, says the expert
Wallenski, director of the CDC, said the July 1 plan to reopen Covid-19 was reasonable.
“We are focused on vaccinating people and reducing morbidity,” she said. “If we can continue at this pace – the incidence is declining, vaccinations are increasing – then I think July 1 would be a reasonable goal.”
An expert told CNN on Saturday that by summer time, the United States will be very close to what we have longed for.
“With the entry into the summer and reaching 60, 70% vaccination rates, transmission will decline. And that means life will look very similar to that in 2019,” said Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Vaccination. tropical medicine at Baylor Medical College.
But at the moment, Hotez said, there is still a significant level of transmission of the virus.
Last week, the United States averaged more than 49,000 new cases of Covid-19 daily, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Even as Covid-19 numbers improve, it will be important to continue vaccinating Americans to prevent a resurgence of the virus in the fall and winter, Wen said.
“I … I’m afraid people will calm down,” she said. “They’ll see that things are back to normal. They can do things they haven’t been able to do before, whether or not they’ve been vaccinated.”
If people who are now on the fence are not vaccinated, the United States may not reach widespread levels of protection against the virus, Wen said.
“And then, with the winter … we have a big revival, maybe we have options coming from other countries, and we could start this whole process all over again,” she said.
CNN’s Kelsey Smith and Virginia Langmaid contributed to the report.