Washington — Dr Anthony Fauci, the chief medical adviser to President Obama, said on Sunday that people who do not get a vaccine for the coronavirus are causing more cases of the Delta variant.
Some people are not vaccinated in this country. There are 100 million people who can be vaccinated but don’t have it. Some of them are spreading the disease. We should get them to get vaccinated and stop the spread of the disease.
Coronavirus infections, hospitalizations and deaths have risen across the country. This is because the Delta variant drives these things in areas where people are not vaccinated. They are most common among unvaccinated people. But vaccines still protect you from having a severe illness.
There has been an increase in people getting COVID-19, so the CDC updated their recommendations. They now say that people who are vaccinated and those who are not should both wear masks inside.
The CDC released more details on Friday about what led to the shift. They said that it is possible for a person who has had their vaccination against the Delta variant to get infected and spread it. They found that those people with a breakthrough infection carried the same amount of virus as unvaccinated people in their noses.
The report showed that the COVID-19 vaccines protected people against serious illness and death. But no deaths were reported, and out of the 469 cases, only four had underlying medical conditions.
Fauci, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director, said on Sunday that the study “absolutely” shows that vaccines work. He said it is “understandable” that it produced a dual message. The predominant message is that if you are vaccinated, you are much more protected against getting infected than someone who is not vaccinated.
People who get sick from the infection have a low chance of having a bad outcome. However, if they do, the vaccine will protect them, and they won’t get sick.
Dr Fauci said that there will be cases where the vaccine is not as effective but that those who get the vaccine and get infected with coronavirus might have mild symptoms or no symptoms at all.
A study was released on Friday. It said that the rate of breakthrough cases reported among people who were fully vaccinated is less than 1%. That’s in states that provide data.
Now federal health officials know that people with breakthrough infections can spread the Delta variant. Fauci said this is a reason to change the CDC’s guidance on masks. The masks will protect vulnerable people and children who are not yet old enough for a vaccine against coronavirus.
“One issue that is difficult when you are dealing with this, is people’s feeling that they have the right to make their own decision. I respect this, for sure. But the issue is if you are part of somebody else’s transmission chain. When you make a decision that affects someone else, it also impacts yourself as a member of society. You must be responsible.”
People who don’t have their shots are being scared by people like me. It is working.
Last week, the CDC reported that there was an increase in people getting vaccinated for coronavirus. This is especially true in areas with lower numbers of vaccinations. More doses of the vaccine were given out on Friday than any day since July 1nd.