The number of people receiving the vaccination is the highest every day. Still, officials are concerned that more Americans are reluctant to receive the jab. According to the National Institutes of Health, faith leaders are capable of instilling confidence in people. Getting vaccinated is their love-your-neighbor opportunity.
Receiving Vaccination Is a Love-Your-Neighbor Opportunity, NIH Tells Faith Leaders
Over 72000000 people have received at least one dose of one among the three vaccines authorized for use in the country.
Every day, the country is administering more than 2.2 million doses of the vaccine. And that is a record.
At present, all States have fully vaccinated 10% of their adult population. Officials spoke to faith leaders and asked them to boost people’s confidence in the country’s vaccination drive. According to them, vaccines are answers to prayers. They are effective, safe, and do more than what the world could ever expect. But the unfortunate situation is that many people are still reluctant to receive the jab. Most of them belong to the high-risk group. In fact, they are the ones who could benefit greatly from the effort.
President Biden, on Monday, expressed the same sentiment. He asked local doctors, priests, and preachers to talk about the need for vaccination. He feels that they will play a more important role here than former President Mr. Donald Trump. They have to influence the suspecting Republicans and others to get vaccinated. He said that he discussed the issue with his team. They told him that what the local doctor, preacher, or priest says has more influence than any other campaign. According to a survey, Republicans are the most hesitant to receive the jab.
Experts are now concerned that States are letting down their guards too early. New variants of the virus are emerging every day. And the people may wipe down the entire progress the country has achieved against its fight against the pandemic. More than 12 States have relaxed restrictions. They say that coronavirus cases have been on the decline. The number of people receiving vaccination too is on the rise. Air travel, in the meantime, has reached the record of the time. A record number of people have touched down in Florida and other warmer States for the spring break. At the same, reports say that another dangerous variant of the virus is on the rise.
The transportation industry administration officials said that they screen over 1.2 million people in airports all over the country this Monday. This brings up the number of travelers from Thursday to 6.4 million. This is the highest ever since the pandemic started.
In the State of Florida, people wanting a spring break are swarming the beaches. They disregard the precautionary measures in place, officials worry. All these factors may combine to cause another surge, they are concerned.
The trend of people enjoying festivities without masks is a worrisome trend. The concerning fact is that the country is still seeing up to 50000 cases every day, says CDC (Control of Disease and Prevention centers). Thus the agency is now asking the question. Is the country on the verge of another surge?
The answer, according to experts, lies in what the country does at the moment. It may go in either direction. People have to wear masks and maintain social distancing until the entire country gets vaccinated.
The number of coronavirus cases reported in 15 States this week is higher than what was reported before, that says a panel of experts. In a general scenario, they need the data for at least two weeks to determine a trend.
The country is receiving more and more doses of the vaccine. And experts are expanding eligibility for recipients. If the trend stays steady, the country is getting closer to acquiring herd immunity.