The pace of vaccinations in the United States may slow down as vaccine reluctance sets in.
About 1.8 million vaccines were reported on Tuesday, the lowest one-day number in two weeks. Part of the drop could be attributed to availability, tinged with a break in Johnson & Johnson doses. But demand has softened at some vaccination sites, even as vaccine availability has been opened up to all American adults. About 1 in 4 Americans say they might refuse the vaccination.
President Joe Biden said on Wednesday his administration was on track to meet its goal of delivering 200 million doses of the vaccine in his first 100 days in office, but he also pointed out that the program was entering a new phase. which consists in convincing those who hesitate to be vaccinated. the shots are safe and effective.
“If you’re waiting your turn, don’t wait any longer,” Biden said. “Now is the time for everyone over 16 to get vaccinated.”
Public health officials and other advocates are offering new incentives to convince those who are reluctant. DC Marijuana Justice has promoted a “Joints for Jabs” program. Krispy Kreme offered donuts, Budweiser offered beers.
In Palm Beach County, Florida, three mass vaccination sites had no takers for 10,000 of their 16,000 slots. Undeterred, the county will use three mobile units, each capable of vaccinating 500 people per day, to reach out to minority groups and others who do not register to be vaccinated at mass vaccination centers or health points. retail.
“It makes more sense to go to them instead of waiting for them to come to our house,” said Darcy Davis, CEO of the County Health Care District.
– Mike Stucka, USA TODAY, and Jane Musgrave, Palm Beach Post
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► Flight attendants want the mask warrant on planes extended beyond its current expiration date of May 11.
► Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy said the state would join Florida in suing the federal government and CDC in trying to speed up the lifting of the ban on cruises in US waters during the pandemic .
►In a study of about 75 Chicago nursing facilities, only 22 of nearly 15,000 fully immunized residents and staff had rupture infections. Most showed no symptoms, but two were hospitalized and one died.
►A Chinese health official said about 200 million people, or 14.29% of the population, have been vaccinated against COVID-19 so far.
►Italy distributes 184,000 doses of J&J to regional vaccination centers and recommends it to people over 60 years of age. The blood clot issues that caused a break in J&J vaccinations were in women under the age of 50.
📈 Today’s numbers: The United States has more than 31.8 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and 569,300 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: over 143.4 million cases and 30 million deaths. Nearly 278 million doses of the vaccine have been distributed in the United States and nearly 216 million have been administered, according to the CDC.
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CDC study shows Pfizer and Moderna vaccines safe for pregnant women
Large new study strengthens evidence COVID-19 vaccines are safe for pregnant women, a claim backed by a reproductive science organization. New evidence from CDC researchers was published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday.
The preliminary results are based on reports from more than 35,000 American women who received the injections of Pfizer or Moderna during their pregnancy. Their rates of miscarriages, premature births and other complications were comparable to those of pregnant women before the pandemic. The authors say more comprehensive studies are needed and that they may include the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which was not available when this research was conducted.
Separately, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine has approved vaccination during pregnancy, saying: “ Everyone, including pregnant women and those looking to become pregnant, should be vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccines are safe and effective. ”
Joe Biden calls on employers to offer paid time off for vaccinations
Sensing a shift in the country’s COVID-19 inoculation campaign from insufficient supply to declining demand, the Biden administration is trying to make it easier for Americans to get their vaccines.
President Joe Biden on Wednesday urged employers large and small to give their workers paid time off to get vaccinated and, if necessary, recover from side effects. Biden said employers with fewer than 500 workers can get a tax refund to cover the costs.
“No working American should lose a single dollar from their paycheck because they chose to fulfill their patriotic duty and get vaccinated,” Biden said.
Only 43% of working adults in the United States have received a COVID vaccine.
Scathing report hits J&J vaccine factory
A Food and Drug Administration inspection report Wednesday blurred conditions and training at a Baltimore plant where the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was being made.
The 13-page report says the Emergent BioSolutions Bayview plant was too small, poorly designed and dirty. Unsealed medical waste bags were seen, along with peeling paint and damaged floors and walls that could prevent proper cleaning, inspectors said. Employees were not properly trained and did not handle ingredients properly, the report said.
Production at the plant, where a mixture of ingredients had destroyed 15 million doses of vaccine, was halted last week. No vaccine for the plant has been distributed in the United States
Demand for million dollar homes has heated up during pandemic
As wealthy Americans enjoyed cheap mortgages, increased savings, and the ability to work from home during the pandemic, their demand for larger homes and million dollar listings exceeded home sales in all other price ranges.
The number of homes sold for more than $ 1 million rose 81% to 17,216 in February, from 9,635 a year earlier. At the same time, the number of homes sold for less than $ 100,000 fell 26% to 22,569 from 30,382 a year earlier, the National Association of Realtors told USA TODAY.
“There are people who have gotten a lot richer as their equity portfolios grow and they don’t spend money on things other than housing,” says Redfin chief economist Daryl Fairweather . “They don’t go out to restaurants or on vacation, and they want to spend their money on accommodation, to spend more time at home.”
– Swapna Venugopal Ramaswamy
‘Joints for Jabs’ a hit in DC
DC Marijuana Justice sponsored a “Joints for Jabs” campaign on Tuesday, but it took sniffing to find the sites. “We don’t publish #JointsForJabs giveaway locations because we don’t want lines or crowding,” the group said on Twitter.
Later, some people posted the location of some sites. And the group tweeted this: “A big THANK YOU to all the volunteers and donors who helped make today’s #JointsForJabs a huge success!”
1 in 4 New Yorkers were infected in the virus’ first wave, study finds
Nearly 25% of New Yorkers were infected with the coronavirus in the first months of the outbreak, according to a new study. The number was over 30% for black and Hispanic New Yorkers, according to the city’s health department study in cooperation with other agencies. Researchers looked at antibody test data from last spring for more than 45,000 New Yorkers. The presence of antibodies serves as evidence of past infection.
“Given the disparities in the risk of infection, effective interventions for at-risk groups are needed during ongoing transmission,” the study authors said.
New York was swamped with infections and deaths in the early days of the pandemic. More than 32,000 New Yorkers have died and more than 900,000 infections have been reported.
Ted Nugent, recovering from virus, says ‘pandemic is real’
Rocker and gun rights activist Ted Nugent, who said on Facebook on Monday that he was feeling better after falling so ill with the virus that he had to “crawl out of bed,” claims claims according to which he thinks COVID-19 is a hoax are false.
“There have been the worst conditions and health issues in the past in this country, all over the world, where no one has ever shut down mom and pop meals and shut down entire economic societies in the United States of America. America, ”Nugent told ABC7 in Fort Myers, Florida. . “I will continue to believe this is a hoax … but the pandemic is real and sick people are real.”
Nevada woman improves after brain surgery caused by clots
An 18-year-old woman in Nevada who suffered seizures after receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine has had three brain surgeries related to blood clots, a family spokesperson said. Emma Burkey started feeling sick about a week after receiving the single-dose vaccine earlier this month, spokesperson Bret Johnson said. She was one of half a dozen women in the United States known to have suffered a severe side effect of clotting after the J&J vaccine. One person died.
Burkey was released from an induced coma and on a ventilator, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. His parents, Russ and Kathy Burkey, visited him only briefly each day due to COVID-19 restrictions.
“She’s improving slowly,” Johnson said. “The word we got from his parents last night was ‘slowly, slowly slowly’. “
Hawaii relaxes inter-island travel requirements
Hawaii will allow people who have been fully vaccinated to skip pre-travel testing and quarantine requirements for flights between the islands. The rule, effective May 11, only affects people who have been vaccinated in Hawaii and are traveling within the state. Governor David Ige said the state has been able to keep stability and hospitalizations low.
“We are ready to take the next step,” he said. “I know how important (it is) for residents to be able to travel to see their friends and family on other islands, and it allows them to do so safely.”
Contribute: The Associated Press