Getting more Americans vaccinated is going to be a lot of work, expert says. But it's critical in our battle against Covid-19.
May 20, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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The US is reporting some of the lowest Covid-19 metrics in nearly a year and officials say we're finally turning the corner. But vaccination rates have slowed nationwide and are uneven across American communities.
"It's really going to have to be an all-of-the-above strategy, of bringing vaccines to people," Jha said.
As more Americans get their shots, it's also "highly likely" people will need Covid-19 booster shots as the level of protection from the vaccines starts to decline or more breakthrough infections -- defined as cases among vaccinated individuals -- are reported, Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN on Wednesday.
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla also told Axios on Wednesday a booster vaccine may be needed as soon as eight to 12 months after people receive their second shot.
Meanwhile, many Americans are still trying to navigate the latest guidance from the CDC, which said last week fully vaccinated Americans can -- for the most part -- ditch their masks.
On Wednesday, supermarket chain Kroger announced fully vaccinated employees and customers will no longer need to wear masks in the company's stores, distribution centers, plants, and offices.
The updated policy, which will adhere to state and local guidelines, says non-vaccinated associates will be required to wear a mask.
Speaking to CNN on Wednesday, Fauci said the CDC made the change in guidelines "purely to allow people who have been fully vaccinated to realize that the scientific data itself indicates that it is safe for them to go without a mask not only outdoors but also indoors. "
"Many of the people who I know that work the various vaccine clinics, they've told me it felt like December when we were giving those first shots," Costello added "People are so hopeful. "
But since there is no vaccine approved for children under 12, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended Wednesday that children and adults who are not yet fully vaccinated still wear masks in certain settings.