With January showing a peak of 250,000 new Covid-19 cases per day, the US is now on a plan to expand eligibility guidelines as an approach to speed up the vaccination campaign. It is true that during the summer surge, the daily count for infections reached nearly 70,000. Eligibility guidelines are open to all in some states whereas, in some, it is not, bringing a major delay in the vaccination process as many are already having issues trusting the vaccine, in the first place. US Covid-19 cases are trending upward again, as mentioned above, and for the safety of the population, would want to see people getting vaccinated as soon as possible. President of the United States, Joe Biden, has made sure to mention that all adults in the USA will be eligible to get their vaccine shots by the 1st of May 2021.
Vaccine Eligibility Guidelines Expand As US Faces A Massive Rise In Covid-19 Cases
Dr. Scot Gottlieb states on Wednesday on Squawk Box, “The initial period of expansion could leave some Americans frustrated. No doubt, the first three weeks are going to be and look messy but once the state opens eligibility for vaccines widely, a lot of people are going to complain about not getting through the website or not able to get an appointment, timing issues, etc”. Gottlieb also stated that it is indeed going to take a couple of weeks to get on track with handing out the vaccine shots to all present.
It does seem like a threat and comes across as a shock, when we glance through the “per day” cases in the US, being, 66,800 cases; This is based on a weekly average of data from Johns Hopkins University. This figure has been raising concerns about a potential “fourth wave”!
However, the Covid-19 death rates have witnessed a fall since the Winter peak, remaining 1,000 per day as per the Johns Hopkins University’s seven-day average, which still isn’t something to considered casual. Since the Pandemic US has seen more than 550,000 deaths, more than any other country.
It was truly noticed that some hesitancy occurred by a few while the vaccine trials were initially brought into action. The recent Vaccine Monitor Survey from Kaiser Family Foundation brought out a noticeable decrease in the turn-ups, saying they would “wait and see” about getting the vaccine shots; 17% answered “wait and see” in March whereas that percentage changed to 39% in December.
As more and more states in the US expand the eligibility of who gets the vaccine shot, President Joe Biden states that by April 19th, 2021, 90% of adults will be eligible for Covid-19 Vaccine Shots. The average number of shots given in the US has now reached 2.8 Million from 1.8 million (this number was recorded on Tuesday). Centers Of Disease Control And Prevention Data states that nearly 30% of the US population has already received a dose and 16% of the population is completely vaccinated.
It is definite that the vaccine rollout might be a valuable reason for optimism on this front. If the most unguarded population of America is protected by the vaccine shots, beforehand, the death toll wouldn’t rise as much as it has during the time the US saw an increase.
Anyhow, a research-based global biopharmaceutical company, Pfizer, said the Covid-19 Vaccine was 100% effective hopefully bringing a little trust in people and making them understand that in getting the vaccine shots, there’s the betterment of the US damage-control. Especially the vulnerable part of the population must get their vaccines sorted out to spread less and cure faster.