As America gets closer to its July 4th goal of at least partially vaccinating 70 percent of Americans against COVID-19, some states are majorly lagging behind in terms of their vaccination rate. During the White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing on Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned that a few states are still in direct danger in terms of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read on to find out where—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You Have “Long” COVID and May Not Even Know It.
Dr. Fauci Said Even if the USA Does Not Meet Its Goal, People Should Still Get Vaccinated
Dr. Fauci explained that the July 4 goal set by President Joe Biden won’t signify the and of the pandemic, even if the country meets the goal. “When goals are set, they’re set to be able to stimulate us to get to that goal. If you don’t meet the precise goal and you fall short by a few percent, that doesn’t mean you stop in your effort to get people vaccinated,” he explained.
“We have always held that July 4th is not the end of it. We want to reach 70% of the adult population by the 4th of July. I believe we can. I hope we will. And if we don’t, we’re going to continue to keep pushing. As you know, this is the month of action for what we’re doing, and we’re putting a lot of effort into it.”
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Dr. Fauci Expressed Concern About These States
He is also very concerned that, “there are some states that are falling well below the percent, and those are the states that we are in many respects, I use the word almost pleading with them on a daily basis,” he said. “If we can galvanize that group, that’s still for one reason or other, it does not want to get vaccinated, we can reach the 70 and go well beyond it as we get to the summit.”
According to the latest statistics from Bloomberg, the states with the lowest vaccination rates are Mississippi (34.3% of the population has received at least one dose), Louisiana (35.9%), Alabama (36.1%), Wyoming (37.2%), Idaho (37.7%), Tennessee (39.3%), Arkansas (39.6%), Georgia (39.9%), West Virginia (40.9%) and South Carolina (41%), with a total of 15 states falling below the 50 percent vaccination rate.
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Why It’s So Important to Get Vaccinated
Bottom line: if you choose not to get vaccinated, your health could be on the line. “So the consequences, we all know it’s a fact, if you don’t get vaccinated, you are at risk. If you get vaccinated, you dramatically, dramatically diminish the risk of getting infected and almost eliminate the risk of serious disease,” he pointed out. “It’s so, so important for all of us to seriously consider vaccination if you have not already been vaccinated.”
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Pharmacies Will Stay Open Late on Fridays This Month Administering Your Shot
“We absolutely cannot beat this virus without making sure there’s a plan that works for everyone and works for all communities,” said Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, leader of the COVID-19 Equity Task Force.. “So to ensure that we are truly reaching everyone who is unvaccinated in this phase of our vaccination program in this month of action, we are working hard and continuing to make progress and addressing the structural barriers that many people face in terms of access. …So we’ve increased the number of pop-up and mobile units across the country. We’ve ensured that the majority of our 40,000 participating pharmacies are located in areas that are at higher risk. We understand not everyone can operate on a nine to five schedule, so pharmacies, I know accepting walk-in appointments and I’ve extended their hours. Starting this week, thousands of pharmacies nationwide will stay open late every Friday in June, and we’ll offer the services throughout the night to make sure individuals can get their shot.”
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What You Should Do Next
So follow Fauci’s fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—if you are unvaccinated, wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don’t travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don’t go indoors with people you’re not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don’t visit any of these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.