The number of Americans receiving the COVID-19 vaccine has reached a three-month high as the elderly and critically ill seek booster, and government and employer orders force more workers to take their first dose. Is.
If regulators allow the Pfizer vaccine for elementary school children, demand is expected to increase in a few weeks, and some states are reopening vaccination clinics on a larger scale than expected.
In Missouri, a large-scale vaccination site at a former Toy RU store is set to open Monday. Virginia plans to launch nine major vaccination centers in the next few weeks, including one on Richmond International Raceway.
Colorado opened large-scale vaccination sites in mid-September to deal with large-scale employer options, and officials saw a 38 percent increase in vaccinations across the state during the first week.
The total number of doses administered in the United States is growing at an average of 11 million a day, almost double that of mid-July – but much lower than last spring. The increase is mainly due to boosters, with more than 65% of the country’s population already receiving about 10% of third shots, but there are signs of increased demand from other groups as well.
Dr. Cyrus Shahpar, White House Cove 19 data director, said 1.1 million doses were given Thursday, including only 306,000 newly vaccinated people.
Reaching out to approximately 67 million unsafe American adults, organizers say demand growth could be offset by Pfizer booster approval, a mandate that forced employees to choose between a shot and their jobs. Is. 19 deaths include immunizations.
“We’re looking at people who need a shot to get a job,” said Dr. Ricardo Gonzalez Fisher, who runs a mobile vaccine clinic for Hispanics in Colorado.
Last weekend, her clinic delivered 30 shots to people outside the Mexican consulate in Denver. “30 is a very good number these days,” he said.
Dr. Danny Ovala, Virginia State Vaccine Coordinator, said the opening of large vaccination centers would allow local health departments to focus on reaching out to vulnerable groups. “This should really help reduce the burden on our local suppliers,” he said.
Last week, the number of people taking shots at a mall in Charlottesville, Virginia, doubled from the previous week, said Ryan McKay, who oversees Covid 19 operations at Blue Ridge Health District.
He said that now the big push is in the neighborhoods where the rates are low. The health district has set up mobile clinics for weekend basketball tournaments, high school football games and even a corner market where 20 people are vaccinated in one day.
“Those 20 vaccinations may seem small, but it’s a huge achievement,” McKay said.
Vice President Kamala Harris stopped by the Vaccine Center in Newark, New Jersey, on Friday, where she met with patients and healthcare workers and encouraged people to take shots.
“It simply came to our notice then. “We really feel like we’re starting to come up with that.”
Alba Lopez in Ohio decided to get the Pfizer vaccine at the Columbus Public Health Department on Friday, after being tired of being tested twice a week by her employer, Chase Bank, and filling out an online form every day. It shows if he has a fever and how he feels. .
Lopez said the vaccine “helped me avoid all of them,” who also thought their company would eventually need it.
Health officials in Springfield, Missouri, are opening a new vaccination site at a former Delta Surge Center, a former toy store, as they watch people arrive.
Approximately 28 million more U.S. children may be eligible for shots of underweight children in early November if regulators approve them. Regulators have not yet raised the question of booster shots for those who have received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, but it is coming soon.
“Everyone said, in the coming weeks and months, we expect more than 120,000 people to seek out the vaccine,” said John Mooney, assistant director of the Springfield-Green County Health Department. “We are already facing increasing demand in the last week or two.”
Cases are falling in the Springfield area, but 78 people are being treated in hospitals in the city, and federal officials have determined that community transmission is high.
Mitchell Macaron, 24, took his second shot Thursday at CVS Pharmacy in North Smithfield, Rhode Island. He wanted to wait until the vaccine received full FDA approval.
“Before I put anything in my body, I want to make sure it’s fully approved,” he said. “I’m not in the high-risk age group either. I’m healthy, and I was cowardly, and it was really just smelling.
Vaccination sites that have opened in Memphis, Tennessee and Tampa, Florida, over the past week have attracted most people to booster shots, with only a handful getting their first or second shots.
The vaccination campaign in Louisiana began in August, when many people were falling ill with the highly contagious Delta type, said Sherry Taylor, the state Department of Health’s vaccine promotion coordinator.
“But now there are a few people coming for the first time to get shots, and most of the people who come for their booster are old people and they run to get the vaccine last winter,” he said. And COVID-19 deaths and hospital admissions are declining.
“Fear is leaving again,” he said. “I think fear is the only thing people need to be vaccinated right now.”
Saver reported from Toledo, Ohio. The report was co-authored by Associated Press authors Heather Hollingsworth in Mission, Kansas, Jennifer McDermott in Providence, Rhode Island, and Andrew Welsh Higgins in Columbus, Ohio.