While over 66 million people have received two doses, more than a third of Americans – or 112 million – have received at least one dose, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Officials and experts are hoping to get Americans vaccinated quickly as lockdown fatigue takes its toll and many people let their guard down just as more transmissible and perhaps deadlier variants of the virus become dominant. In that effort, all 50 states have pledged to open immunization to all Americans 16 years of age and older by April 19.
“It’s almost a race between vaccinating people and this surge that looks set to increase,” Dr Anthony Fauci said earlier this week, noting that Europe is experiencing a peak just like the one that experts are worried about. United States.
“I wish we had another three or four months before this B.1.1.7 variant flare started to happen,” said Dr Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.
Experts address vaccine response issues
While some members of the public have expressed concern about their possible adverse reactions to vaccines, health experts say the benefits outweigh the risks.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) on Thursday said it had determined that the adverse reaction experienced by 11 people who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park vaccination site was “not of concern”.
“After looking at each patient’s symptoms, analyzing other vaccinations from the same batch of vaccine, and discussing with the CDC to confirm our results, we are confident that there is no cause for concern,” Dr Eric France, chief physician with Dit CDPHE.
Meanwhile, the National Institutes of Health has started a clinical trial to determine whether people who are highly allergic or have a mast cell disorder are more likely to have an immediate allergic reaction to Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines, according to news from the agency. Release.
Mast cell disorder is caused by an abnormal buildup of a type of white blood cell that causes allergic reactions.
“The public has understandably been concerned about reports of rare and serious allergic reactions to Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines,” Fauci said. “The information gathered during this trial will help doctors educate people who are highly allergic or have a mast cell disorder about the risks and benefits of receiving these two vaccines. However, for most people, the benefits of the vaccine. COVID-19 vaccination far outweighs the risks. “
Universities aim to protect themselves against epidemics
Recent cases of Covid-19 are younger, in part because from activities like school sports and due to the vaccination of more elderly people, Fauci said on Wednesday. Now, some universities are implementing policies to prevent further outbreaks among their students.
The University of Chicago has issued a stay-at-home order for students living in dorms for the next seven days, a letter from the dean and vice president said Thursday.
The order comes after more than 50 cases of Covid-19 have been detected among the students. This is the largest cluster of cases the school has seen since the start of the school year, according to the letter.
“Many of these cases may have been linked to one or more parties hosted by off-campus fraternities over the past week,” the letter said.
Meanwhile, the University of Notre Dame in Indiana as well as Syracuse University and Ithaca College in New York are joining the growing list of colleges and universities requiring the Covid-19 vaccine for students before returning. on campuses in the fall.
Several other schools made similar announcements this week. CNN has 14 colleges and universities across the country that have announced they will require students to be fully immunized.
“After a long year this should give us all hope for a return to a normal campus experience,” said Chancellor of Syracuse Kent Syverud. “At every turn, you have demonstrated what it means to be Orange by navigating these extraordinary times with courage, grace and determination. Now I ask each of you to take the next step by getting vaccinated.”
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misstated how many Americans received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. That’s a third of all Americans.
CNN’s Deidre McPhillips, Hannah Sarisohn, Rebekah Riess, Ashley Ahn, Hollie Silverman, Elizabeth Stuart and Lauren Mascaren contributed to this report.