Are people getting the COVID-19 vaccine?
There has been an increase in COVID-19 vaccines administered in recent days as over 816,000 more COVID-19 vaccine doses were given on Sunday compared to Saturday, according to data released Sunday night. About 517,000 of those vaccinations were among people getting shots for the first time, Cyrus Shahpar, White House COVID-19 data director, told The Washington Post.
- “Since the week of July 5, there has been a steady increase in the number of people who are getting vaccinated in the U.S.,” Shahpar said, according to The Washington Post.
About 164 million people in the U.S. have been fully vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 191 million people have received at least one dose of the vaccine and are awaiting their second shot.
Is the delta variant surging?
The COVID-19 vaccinations come at a time when the delta variant is swirling throughout the country. Health experts recently told Reuters that the delta variant has led to hospitalizations throughout the world for the unvaccinated. Now, health care systems are being pushed to their limits to deal with the hospitalizations.
- “This is like a wildfire, this is not a smoldering campfire. It is full-on flames right now,” she said.
How to stay safe from delta variant
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that about 99.999% of fully vaccinated Americans have not had a breakthrough COVID-19 case that led to hospitalization or death. Experts maintain that vaccination remains the strongest way to stays safe from the delta variant.