June 22, 2021 – The national COVID-19 vaccination rate is lagging, and the CDC may have found out why: Young Americans are not clamoring to be vaccinated.
As of May 22, 57% of adults in the United States had received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report said. Among people 65 years of age and older, the vaccination rate was highest, at 80%. The vaccination rate was lowest among 18-29 year olds, at 38.3%.
“Efforts to improve immunization coverage are needed, especially among young adults, to reduce COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths,” the CDC said.
But a second CDC study said nearly 25% of the 18-29 age group said they probably would or wouldn’t be vaccinated, with 23% of the group uncertain.
“Adults between the ages of 18 and 24, as well as non-Hispanic black adults and those with less education, no insurance, and lower household incomes, had the most immunization coverage and intention to be immunized. weak. Concerns about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines were frequently cited barriers to vaccination, ”the second study concluded.
US to deliver millions of doses of COVID vaccine
The White House has announced plans to send an additional 55 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine worldwide.
About 41 million doses will be shared through COVAX, the World Health Organization’s effort to immunize low-income and underdeveloped countries, the White House said in a statement Monday.
The breakdown will be around 14 million doses for countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, 16 million for countries in Asia and the Pacific islands and 10 million for African countries, the White House said. Doses not delivered via COVAX will be sent directly to foreign countries.
“Our goals are to increase global COVID-19 vaccine coverage, prepare for outbreaks and prioritize healthcare workers and other vulnerable populations based on public health data and recognized best practices. , and to help our neighbors and other countries in need, ”the statement said. “And, as we have said before, the United States will not use its vaccines to gain favor from other countries.”
The 55 million doses are among the 80 million doses that President Joe Biden had promised to distribute by the end of the month. But White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday that the administration did not expect to meet the $ 80 million target due to difficulties in getting the vaccines to where they are needed.
COVID deaths drop below 300 in US
As demand for COVID-19 vaccination collapses, the national immunization program continues to rack up statistical victories.
The country now averages less than 300 COVID-related deaths per day – the first time the country has reached this threshold since March 2020. As of mid-January, the country was averaging a high of around 3,400 deaths per day .
About 11,400 new cases of COVID are reported every day, up from a high of about a quarter of a million a day in early January, the Associated Press reported.
And more than 150 million people are now fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
The CDC says 45.2% of Americans are fully vaccinated and 53.4% have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine.