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Health Experts Worry For the Unprotected as US Vaccination Efforts Bottom Out

Health Experts Worry For the Unprotected as US Vaccination Efforts Bottom Out

The vaccination drive in the U.S. is grinding to a halt, and demand has all but collapsed in places where the local populations have already seen Omicron blaze through them like a wildfire. And with COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths subsiding across the U.S., people who are against getting vaccinated don’t see much reason to change their minds.

About 76% of the U.S. population has received at least one shot, and less than 65% of all Americans are fully vaccinated. The average number of Americans getting their first shot is down to about 90,000 a day, the lowest point since the first few days of the U.S. vaccination campaign in December 2020. And any hopes of any substantial improvement in the immediate future have largely evaporated thanks to state governors lifting mask mandates and other COVID protocols by or before the end of March.

A medical mask is left on the ground near the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan on April 15, 2020. – A small group of health care workers and supporters gathered outside as well as drove their vehicles displaying signs of support and protest against a shortage of PPE gear at the University of Michigan Hospital. (Photo by SETH HERALD / AFP) (Photo by SETH HERALD/AFP via Getty Images)

But even as case numbers drop, health experts warn the Coronavirus isn’t done with America regardless of how Americans feel about it. They especially caution that lifting indoor mask mandates is an invitation to the unvaccinated to continue to spread a virus that has shown how easily it can adapt and mutate.

New data also indicates a fourth vaccination may be needed by the fall of 2022 to maintain resistance to any remaining coronavirus as the country moves into the flu season.

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The lack of demand for the first round of vaccinations is especially evident in conservative areas around the country, despite having the highest rates of COVID in America.

 

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