Good News From The COVID-19 Response Team: Vaccinations Are On The Rise

The U.S. has not reached the herd immunity target of 70% of the population vaccinated against COVID-19. However, there are glimmers of hope. One came on Thursday during a presentation by the COVID Response Team.

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As you can see in the clip below, COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Zients is reporting that vaccinations are increasing. He says that we’ve seen four consecutive weeks of increased vaccinations, including 864 thousand in the past 24 hours — representing the highest number of vaccinations in a single day since July 3rd. Over half a million of these were first shots — the highest number of first shots in a single day since July 1st.

That’s not all. He says that a lot of these new record numbers are coming from the states with the highest case rates — where there may be the direst need to stop the spread.

A lot of Republican legislators and leaders, seeing the new surge in cases, have switched in recent days to more outreach to encourage vaccination among their constituents (even if many tempered their outreach with additional conspiracy theories and attacks on precautions, including mandates).

It’s not clear if this had a significant role in boosting vaccination rates, or if incentives and other outreach programs are a primary driver, or if it’s just that people are seeing the effects of the continued spread. Regardless of the impetus, though, this news suggests that something is motivating more people to choose vaccination, and moving the nation a little bit more towards successful herd immunity.

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