The virus continues to spread worldwide. With some countries open for travel and less social distancing or mask-wearing, numbers here could easily rise again. Therefore, getting vaccinated remains the single most powerful tool in the global fight against the pandemic.
Over the past few weeks, the World Health Organization (WHO) has shared some good news. According to the WHO’s weekly epidemiological reports, numbers of COVID-19 cases have been dropping. The same is the case for deaths.
As encouraging as this development is, it does not mean that people across the United States can become careless. The pandemic is far from over. Whilst cases worldwide are dropping, there are still large increases in some countries. The Russian Federation, for example, saw case numbers rise by 31 percent during the week leading up to June 22, 2021. Brazil and Colombia also reported sizable increases.
Deutsche Welle reports that there are 21 countries where cases more than doubled week-on-week leading up to the middle of June. Countries with dense populations struggle more than others. In some of those countries, limited testing may have led to incomplete data being reported.
Worldwide, governments are implementing vaccination programs. However, supply issues and logistical considerations mean that not every country can vaccinate its population at the same speed.
In the United States, the COVID-19 situation has been relatively stable for a number of weeks now.
According to the Covid tracker published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), just over 45 percent – just over 150 million – of Americans are now fully vaccinated. More than 50 percent have had at least one dose of vaccine. Looking at the adult population that number rises to just above 65 percent.
This is good news. However, the situation is not the same in all states. Naturally, each state and its individual communities are different. However, there is some correlation between the number of vaccines administered and the increase or decrease in new COVID-19 cases.
Consequently, Americans are still getting sick from this novel coronavirus. Hospitalizations and deaths continue to affect families and businesses alike. With vaccines now available to any American over the age of 12 years old, the CDC believes that virtually all deaths from the virus are now preventable, at least among adults.
President Joe Biden’s goal remains to vaccinate 70 percent of the adult population in the United States by July 4. The current number of 65% seems close, but experts are concerned about the recent decline in vaccinations.
There is a logic explaining this decline and the reasons behind it. As this trend continues, it prevents the country from achieving herd immunity. This means that everyone remains at a greater risk than necessary.
At the same time, scientists agree that vaccination is the best way to end this global pandemic. As CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said, “This virus is an opportunist. As long as there are those who are not vaccinated, COVID-19 will remain a threat.”
This is particularly important because of the Delta variant, which is more transmissible than previous variants of the virus.
The CDC has published a list of benefits of the vaccination. Those stretch far beyond the individual. If more Americans are vaccinated, it is less likely for the virus to be transmitted. Even if transmission occurs, those vaccinated are less likely to need hospitalization.
Looking at the vaccination on a personal level, being vaccinated will allow individuals to do more. Whether this means attending events without a mask or meeting friends and family you have not seen for some time. In addition, you will help protect vulnerable people around you.
Whilst vaccines were hard to access even a few months ago, supply is now outstripping demand. However, whilst all the approved vaccines are more easily available, it is not always easy to arrange an appointment.
This is where employers can make a difference to their workforces by arranging vaccination events for their workforce. Bringing COVID-19 testing and vaccinations in-house alleviates the stress that comes with scheduling appointments. It allows those who work long hours to become vaccinated without arranging for additional travel, for example.
This is not something your business has to organize by itself. We can help set up vaccination events as well as arrange regular testing and offsite screening programs.
Employing a fully vaccinated workforce will create a safer workplace. In turn, this will improve staff morale. It will also help avoid long illness-related absences. Everyone in the organization benefits.
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