The single best thing we can do for such people, though, is to get everyone around them immunized.
Data from overseas, particularly Britain, suggest the spread of the virus will set vaccinated and unvaccinated communities on very different paths.
If you’re unvaccinated, I am not asking you to get a shot; I’m asking you to give your decision a second thought and what it means to others.
Idon’t ask “Why?” when a patient with Covid-19 tells me they are unvaccinated for the same reason I don’t ask why someone whose alcohol level is four times the legal limit decided to drive, or the badly burned grandmother with emphysema lit a cigarette with oxygen prongs below her nose.
In short, we are reaching the limits of the voluntary approach to vaccinations. As we have seen in the past month, the vaccination rate is insufficient to prevent a new wave of infections from the Delta variant, especially in areas where the rate is especially low. A new “pandemic of the unvaccinated” threatens to reverse much of the progress made this year.
Vaccines are the solution to Covid-19. Let’s make the most of them.
The pathway to ending the Covid-19 pandemic runs through the evangelical church. Tens of millions of evangelical Christians live in the United States, and almost half of white evangelicals surveyed have said they are reluctant to get vaccinated against Covid. For many outside the evangelical world, this resistance seems incomprehensible.
Age, race, income, and, of course, politics.
One segment of people who have avoided shots is vehemently opposed to the idea. But there is a second group, surveys suggest, that is still deciding.
“Our biggest concern is that we are going to continue to see preventable cases, hospitalizations and, sadly, deaths among the unvaccinated,” Dr. Walensky said.
Experts warn of the ‘polarising effect’ of both vaccine passports and gimmicks to persuade reluctant citizens to take the jab.
This is the challenge the US has to overcome to get back to post-pandemic normal.
"There is a clear message that is coming through: This is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated," Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the CDC's director, said at a Friday briefing of the White House COVID-19 Response Team. "Our biggest concern is we are going to continue to see preventable cases, hospitalizations and sadly deaths among the unvaccinated."
“There is a clear message that is coming through: This is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said Friday at a White House briefing. She said more than 97% of patients entering the hospital nationwide are unvaccinated.
“Our biggest concern is that we are going to continue to see preventable cases, hospitalizations and, sadly, deaths among the unvaccinated,” she said.
I think the biggest for us is just the new technology. People don’t trust whenever they hear mRNA. People commonly think that those vaccines work by altering your own DNA. Obviously, that’s not true. So we’re just making sure that we try to explain that to people in the most simple way.
A unique combination of mutations led to this more infectious version of the coronavirus, prompting revised mask guidelines
What the US government is calling “the pandemic of the unvaccinated” is playing out in painful ways as some realize too late that they wish they had had the shot, while others hold out even as they suffer in hospital amid a national surge of new Covid-19 infections, primarily caused by the Delta variant.
My parents are physicians in unvaccinated America. It’s starting to feel like they’re in a different world.
... doctors are facing a wave of preventable COVID deaths—and trying to convince the hesitant that “it doesn’t have to be this way.”
The variants make vaccination programmes more urgent than ever. But though they may march on through the alphabet for some time to come, there is some reason to hope that they will not get all that much worse as they do so. They may be running out of evolutionary room to manoeuvre.