WASHINGTON “Half of all adults in the United States have received at least one shot at COVID-19,” the government said Sunday, marking another milestone in the country’s largest vaccination campaign, but left more work to persuade skeptical Americans to roll up their sleeves. .
Nearly 130 million people aged 18 and over have received at least one dose of the vaccine, or 50.4% of the total adult population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Almost 84 million adults, or about 32.5% of the population, are fully vaccinated.
The United States cleared the 50% mark just a day after reported global coronavirus mortality reached a staggering 3 million, according to funds collected by Johns Hopkins University, although the actual number is thought to be significantly higher.
The vaccination rate in the country, at 61
The vaccination campaign has given hope to places like Nashville, Tennessee, where the Music City Center enlivened Sunday with vaccine seekers. The high demand for photos only for meetings at the convention center is leveling off enough to be welcome this week.
Amanda Grimsley, who received her second shot, said she was ready to see her 96-year-old grandmother, who lives in Alabama and is nervous about receiving the vaccine after a bad flu reaction.
“It’s a little emotional. I haven’t been able to see my grandmother for almost a year and a half, “said Grimsley, 35.” And this is the longest time my whole family has gone without seeing her. And now we will see her in mid-May. “
The countries with the highest vaccination rates have a history of voting for Democrats and supporting President Joe Biden in the 2020 election: New Hampshire at the top, with 71.1%, followed by New Mexico, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maine, show CDC data.
Demand is not the same in many parts of Tennessee – especially in rural areas.
Tennessee is in the bottom four states, with the percentage of adults receiving at least one shot being 40.8%. He was followed only by Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi – three other southern states that are pro-Republicans and voted for Donald Trump last fall.
The level of vaccination is not always in line with the way countries vote. But a poll by the Associated Press’s NORC Center for Public Research found trends that link political leanings and attitudes toward vaccines and other issues related to the pandemic that killed more than 566,000 people in the United States.
A survey conducted in late March found that 36% of Republicans said they would probably or definitely not be vaccinated, compared to 12% of Democrats. Similarly, a third of Americans in rural areas said they were in favor of gunfire, while less than a quarter of people living in cities and suburbs shared this hesitation.
In general, the desire for vaccination has increased, according to sociological research.
In January, 67% of American adults were ready to be vaccinated or had already received at least one shot. According to the latest AP-NORC study, the figure has risen to 75%.
Nationally, 24% of blacks and 22% of American Spaniards say they will probably or definitely not be vaccinated, 41% and 34% in January, respectively. Now 26% of white Americans say they will not be vaccinated. In January, this number was 31%.
Dr Anthony Fauci, the country’s best infectious disease expert, said the aim was to get community figures, from athletes to clerics, to promote vaccinations, especially as the country’s seven-day average remains at more than 60,000. new infections per day.
“What we’re doing is trying to get trusted messages from the core of the community that everyone would feel comfortable listening to, whether you’re a Republican, a Democrat, an independent, or whoever you are, that you’re comfortable,” Fautsi said. on Sunday on ABC “This Week”.
Fauci also said on Sunday that the government is likely to resume the use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine this week, possibly with restrictions or broader warnings following reports of some very rare cases of blood clots.
In a series of news interviews, Fauci said he expects a decision when CDC advisers meet on Friday to discuss a break in J&J’s single-dose vaccine.
“I will be very surprised if we do not have a resumption in some form by Friday,” he said. “I don’t really expect them to want to stretch it any further.”
Fauci, who is President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, said he believes federal regulators can return shots with age or gender restrictions, or with a general warning, so the vaccine is given in a way “a little more they were different from us before the break. “
The J&J vaccine was dropped after the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration said last week that they needed more evidence to decide if a handful of abnormal blood clots were linked to the shot – and if so, how high the risk was.
Reports are rare – six cases of more than 7 million US inoculations with the J&J vaccine. The clots were found in women between the ages of 18 and 48. One man died.
Authorities said they found no signs of clot problems in the most widely used COVID-19 vaccines in the United States, Moderna and Pfizer.
Mathis reports from Nashville, Tennessee.