Hope Rises as Vaccinations Increase 

When COVID first started more than a year ago, nobody knew when there would be a cure or vaccine to eventually end this global pandemic. Once the vaccine was finally available to the public, it still seemed a long way away for the average person to get their shot. There is not just one vaccine anymore, which has gone a long way for stopping the spread of COVID . There are three approved vaccines that are currently available, including the Pfizer vaccine, Moderna vaccine, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Over 90 million doses have been administered to the American public and most people are hopeful that they see an end to this global pandemic. 

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Alaska currently has the highest percentage of people vaccinated with 24.7% and Georgia has the lowest number of people vaccinated at 13.4%. In many places elderly and mentally ill people are still the priority when deciding who gets the vaccine. Young people are being seen as potentially being able to be vaccinated by either May or June.  

The vaccine is working as evidenced in new CDC guidelines that say that vaccinated people do not need to wear a mask around other vaccinated people. According to the CDC, “Fully vaccinated people can:  

  • Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing  
  • Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing  
  • Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic.”  

Vaccination differs depending on what version of the vaccine people get. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine only requires one. Both variants require two weeks after the final dosage for the recipient to be considered fully vaccinated.  

Even when people are fully vaccinated, the CDC still wants people to take some precautions, especially around those who may be at risk. One detail in their new guidelines is, “Wear masks, practice physical distancing, and adhere to other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease or who have an unvaccinated household member who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease.”  

This precaution in their new guideline is essentially telling vaccinated people to still be careful around others as some people are still at risk of getting sick if they get COVIDUntil everybody is vaccinated the CDC still wants people to be cautious as there does not need to be another spike in Covid cases when it seems as if normalcy might be coming soon.

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