(CNN) — Americans are preparing for a more “normal” summer. Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations in the US are at their lowest point in almost seven months, capacity restrictions on events and businesses are being lifted, and it seems unlikely that the country will register a pandemic surge like the one. last winter, experts say.
But all this still depends on the acceptance of vaccines, which is currently 30% lower than two weeks ago. This trend is reinforced by the closure of mass vaccination centers throughout the country.
For the first time since early March, the seven-day average of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the United States fell below 2 million a day, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (CDC) released Saturday. On Sunday, the seven-day average again exceeded 2 million a day.
Despite the fact that the demand for vaccines has declined, the outlook for the pandemic in the United States remains optimistic. About 58% of American adults and nearly 46% of the nation’s total population have already received at least one dose, according to CDC data. More than 34% of the US population is fully vaccinated, according to the data, the largest and fastest mass vaccination effort in history.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, recently estimated that between 70% and 85% of people must be immunized for the country to achieve a “total blanket of protection.” But he also said that as “more and more people get vaccinated, it will reach a point … where there will begin to be a drastic drop in the number of cases.”
That point could come soon, Fauci hinted Sunday, saying he thinks it might be time to rethink the indoor mask mandates. “We have to start being more liberal as we vaccinate more people,” he said.
While the idea of a mask-free future might be incentive enough for some to get vaccinated, other states and companies are taking concrete (and creative) steps to win the backing of the reluctant, offering a series of vaccination ‘vouchers’ from cash to tickets to the Super Bowl, for those who are willing to get the vaccine.
Beyond these advantages are the truly important incentives to get vaccines against COVID-19, which have dramatically reduced cases, hospitalizations and deaths, and have allowed us to take a first step towards life as we knew it.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism