And that community is the people who refuse and reject vaccination, while the US is having millions of doses of vaccine surplus.
On September 10, a medical expert commented that in the context of the average daily number of deaths from Covid-19 being more than 1,000, refusing to be vaccinated is like driving while drunk.
“We need to talk about the choice not to get vaccinated. It’s like going out and driving in an unconscious state,” he said. – Doctor Leana Wen shared with CNN.
Wen’s comments come after President Joe Biden’s announcement on September 9, a plan to make vaccination mandatory for businesses with more than 100 employees, or to have periodic testing every week. Mr. Biden also signed an executive order requiring all public employees to be vaccinated, with no other option including routine testing.
His decree has drawn some criticism, but many health experts even say that tighter measures are needed to deal with the recent surge of Covid-19 waves.
Figures from the US CDC show an average of 1110 deaths per day from Covid-19 over the past week. In fact, the death rate since the end of August is still at the highest level compared to the beginning of March this year.
The situation of vaccination in the US is different and complicated. About 73.5% of people over the age of 12 have been vaccinated with at least 1 shot, but there are tens of millions of people who are eligible for the injection but still choose not to inject, while the Delta strain is still plaguing this country.
“A lot of Americans are refusing to get vaccinated, but they are the group that makes it easier for the virus to spread,” – Jonathan Reiner, medical analyst said. “We live in a country with laws. You can’t smoke in most buildings in America, you can’t drive while intoxicated, you can’t smoke anything on an airplane. That is, you It’s also not right to blow the virus in other people’s faces.”
“This is the right thing to do in this country. If you choose to be a threat to the community because you refuse to get vaccinated, that action will have consequences, maybe you won’t be allowed to work anymore.”
In an August survey by Gallup, 56% of Americans wanted mandatory vaccines in the workplace. 53% support this regulation in restaurants, and 61% think it is necessary for the airline industry.
And according to Dr. Jerome Adams, it’s not too late to convince more people to get vaccinated.
“They are not the ‘anti-vaccination’ group. – a rather pejorative term,” – Adams said. “Many people actually have a middle-of-the-road attitude. They would rather hesitate to vaccinate.”
“I’ve found that when I talk and empathize, I can convince a lot of people to get vaccinated.”
The medical system is under unprecedented strain
At least six US states recorded a 10% increase in new cases in the past week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. In which, Alabama – where the number of new cases has decreased – currently faces a shortage of about 60 ICU beds (intensive care). On September 9 alone, they received 2667 hospitalizations, and 53 deaths.
“They are patients who need intensive care because their condition is so bad, but they don’t have a bed,” Dr. Scott Harris said. “Instead, they are treated in the emergency department, in a ward that has been converted into an ICU.”
In West Virginia, 252 patients were admitted to the ICU, and 141 were on ventilators. This is the largest number in the state since the outbreak began, according to Governor Jim Justice.
“A large proportion of people hospitalized are unvaccinated. We lost 38 more people on September 8, and many more will be lost with this situation.”