As America starts to reopen, experts warn more people need to get vaccinated
April 30, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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As May arrives, the US is taking a major step toward resuming normal life, with cities, businesses and entertainment venues announcing plans to begin reopening after the deadly winter surge of Covid-19 infections.
With vaccine hesitancy now a serious concern, state officials are asking people who already have been fully vaccinated to continue helping their communities by actively encouraging others to get their shots.
Getting vaccinated will help us continue to reopen New Orleans to the world as the safest destination city we can be," said Mayor LaToya Cantrell.
Appointments for the first dose of the vaccine in Los Angeles County have dropped by 50%, County Department of Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said during a press conference Thursday.
While more than seven million doses have been administered, more than half of its residents have not yet been fully vaccinated, Ferrer said.
"I think the strategy moving forward for all of us is going to be to make it as easy as possible for people to get vaccinated," she said, saying vaccination sites could be set up in places like shopping centers and churches.
To give vaccine sites more flexibility, Pfizer said Thursday it will begin offering smaller shipment sizes of its Covid-19 vaccine at the end of May.