CITY OF WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 8, 2021)—this weekend, White House Covid-19 Response Team and Public Health Officials “took critical steps on both fronts. On Saturday, the Senate passed the American Rescue Plan. In the face of what is one of the country’s greatest challenges Americans have ever faced, this historic legislation will cut child poverty in half, put $1,400 checks in the pockets of 85 percent of the country, fund our schools so they can reopen safely and so our kids can catch up quickly, and create 7 million jobs. And importantly, it gives America the resources we need to defeat the pandemic. It demonstrates government once again is working for the people.”
The Officials on “that very same–“set a new record for single-day recorded vaccinations of “nearly 2.2 million Americans a day, up from about 900,000 when we came into office. “
The Biden’s administration officials said that they are on a “pace seen nowhere else around the world.” But according to officials “90 percent of our population is not fully vaccinated.”
President Joe Biden announced last week that all adults in the United States to have enough vaccines for every adult in America by the end of May–who wants a vaccine. But the administration continues to face difficulties in delivering vaccines to the vulnerable citizens who are veterans, and Black vulnerable Americans. And the administration continue to have not turn around distributed these “vaccinations efficiently and equitably distributed to the public.”
The White House Covid-19 Response Team and Public Health Officials have “provided more than $4.1 billion to states, tribes, and territories to support more than 500 community vaccination sites. The American Rescue Plan includes tens of billions more in funding to scale up our vaccination program.”
According to officials “many states are now running vaccination sites 24 by 7. Slots are being reserved for teachers and people in hard-hit ZIP codes, and we’re getting more vaccinators — from the military to retired doctors and nurses — into the field.”
CDC Guidance for the Public:
The Center for Disease and Health Control (CDC) released its “initial guidance for the public that, for the first time, lays out some of the activities considered safe for those who are fully vaccinated, said Dr. Walensky.
“CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people can visit with other fully vaccinated people in small gatherings indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing. Remember, here we are talking about private settings where everyone is vaccinated.”
“When fully vaccinated people visit with unvaccinated people, we have to consider the underlying risks of the unvaccinated people and any unvaccinated members of their household.”
“CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people can visit with unvaccinated people from one other household, indoors, without wearing masks or physical distancing, as long as the unvaccinated people and any unvaccinated members of their household are not at high risk for severe COVID-19 disease.”
CDC Guidelines Form Moving Away From Quarantine
- CDC’s new guidance also recommends that fully vaccinated people do not need quarantine or get tested following a known exposure to someone with COVID-19 as long as they are asymptomatic. At this time, the CDC is not adjusting current guidance on travel.
- The most recent seven-day average of cases is about 59,000 cases per day. Importantly, on the far right of the graph, you can see that there is a leveling off of the decline. And the most recent seven-day average of deaths is slightly lower than 2,000 deaths per day.
- The pandemic still remains a very serious situation with the most communities continuing to have high levels of COVID-19 transmission. We are watching these data closely to see where the pandemic will head in the coming days.
- As of Monday, “59 million people in the United States have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and approximately 31 million or 9.2 percent of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated, putting us on a strong path to eventually end this pandemic. “
- There is still a small risk that vaccinated people could become infected with milder or asymptomatic disease, and potentially even transmit the virus to others who are not vaccinated. Understanding the size of this risk in vaccinated people and the risk of transmitting the virus to others who are not vaccinated is an ongoing area of research.
- Dr. Walsenky said, people who have been vaccinated has a low risk for severe COVID-19. Walsenky added, “for example, are an adult over age 65 or have an underlying condition — such as cancer, heart disease, or diabetes — that could increase their risk of COVID-19 related hospitalization or death. “
- Walsenky added “If grandparents have been vaccinated, they can visit their daughter and her family, even if they have not been vaccinated, so long as the daughter and her family are not at risk for severe disease.” Otherwise the individual “should still wear a mask and physically distance and choose to meet outdoors or in a well-ventilated space.”
- Latino individuals continue to bear more than their share of COVID-19 cases, while black people continue to bear more than their share of deaths. Dr. Nunez-Smith added “Notably, you see the share of vaccinations is significantly — significantly lower for Latino and non-Hispanic black individuals, relative to their share of the general population. And the same is true for Asian individuals.”
- We only have race ethnicity data for 53 percent of those who have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. This varies widely among the states, as you can see on the next slide. And we’re not getting from individuals, from providers, and from states the critical information about who has access to these three lifesaving vaccines that need to be equitably distributed across our country.
- The administration is implementing a comprehensive national public education campaign and we have been hosting roundtables with key constituencies to make sure that we get that effort right.
- The administration has “over 580 operational, federally supported sites. And over 170 sites are actively receiving on-site support by federal personnel. We’ve also been able to stand up a series of federally established community vaccination centers. And by the end of this week, we’ll have 18 of those sites running across seven states with the ability to administer 61,000 total shots per week,” said Dr. Nunez-Smith.
Source: White House