Boosters, employer obligations boost US vaccine development

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The number of Americans vaccinated with COVID-19 is three months in a row as older people and those with medical conditions seek boosters and, due to government and employer obligations, more workers to get their first vaccinations. to force. height has been reached.

Demand is expected to rise in those weeks that elementary school students will be able to fire, and some states are reopening mass vaccination clinics in anticipation.

In Missouri, the mass vaccination site for an old Toys’R’Us store will open Monday. Virginia plans to deploy nine large vaccination centers in the coming weeks, including one at Richmond International Raceway.

Colorado opened four mass vaccination sites in mid-September primarily to meet employer obligations, and officials confirmed a 38% increase in vaccinations across the state in the first week. Down.

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The total dose administered in the United States has risen to an average of 1 million doses per day, nearly doubling the level in mid-July, but still well below last spring.

Organizers of efforts to reach the nearly 67 million unvaccinated American adults have been forced to approve Pfizer boosters in response to increased demand, forcing employees to choose between shots and jobs. And says it is because of the sober statistics that almost all COVID-19 deaths are unrelated.

“Some people need shots to keep working,” said Dr. Ricardo González Fischer, who runs a mobile vaccine clinic primarily for Latino Americans in Colorado.

Last weekend, his clinic gave people 30 shots outside the Mexican consulate in Denver. “Lately, 30 is a very good number,” he said.

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Dr. Danny Avala, Virginia’s vaccine coordinator, said opening a larger vaccination center would allow the local health sector to focus on reaching poorly served communities. “It should really help ease the burden on local providers,” he said.

Ryan McKay, who oversees the COVID-19 project in the Blue Ridge Health District, said last week that the number of people firing at malls in Charlottesville, Virginia, had more than doubled since last week.

He said the current major incentive is in low cost areas. The health district has set up mobile clinics for weekend basketball tournaments, high school football games and even a corner market where 20 people a day are vaccinated.

“These 20 vaccinations seem small, but it’s a real breakthrough,” McKay said.

Alba Lopez, Ohio, tired of the twice-weekly tests required by her employer, Chase Bank, fills out an online form daily to show her fever and mood, and then on Friday at Pfizer at the Columbus Department of Public Health. I decided to get the vaccine. ..

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The vaccine “helped to avoid all of this,” Lopez said. Lopez also thought his company would eventually need it.

Health officials in Springfield, Missouri have opened a new vaccination site in a former toy store because it was the initial epicenter of the Delta surge and is anticipating an influx of people.

John Mooney, assistant director of the Springfield-Green County Health Department, said: “Demand has already increased over the past few weeks.”

Although cases are declining in the Springfield area, 78 people are still hospitalized in the city, and federal officials have determined that community infections remain high.

Michelle McCarron, 24, took a second shot Thursday at CVS Pharmacy in North Smithfield, Rhode Island. He wanted to wait for the vaccine to be fully approved by the FDA.

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“I want to make sure it’s completely approved before I put anything in my body,” he said. “I’m not even in the high-risk age group. I was healthy and infected with COVID, but it was really a sniff.”

Vaccination sites that opened last week in Memphis, Tennessee and Tampa, Florida attracted the majority of people seeking booster shots, with only a handful taking the first or second shot, and expected increased demand. said.

The increase in vaccination in Louisiana began in August, when many people became ill with the highly contagious Delta variant, said Sherri Tyrone, vaccine promotion coordinator for the Department of Health. said.

But now some people are asking for their first vaccinations, and the majority of people coming in for boosters are older people who were rushed to get vaccinated last winter, she said. And the number of COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations is declining.

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“The fear is gone again,” she said. “I think it’s only fear to get people vaccinated at this point.”

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Sewer reported from Toledo, Ohio. Associated Press writers Heather Hollingsworth of Mission Kansas, Jennifer McDermott of Providence, Rhode Island and Andrew Welsh Huggins of Columbus, Ohio contributed to this report.

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