7 Million and Counting Americans Power Up with the New COVID Shots

Over 7 Million Americans Have Received the COVID Vaccines

More Than 7 Million Americans Get the New COVID Shots, But Could We Do Better?

News Picture: More Than 7 Million Americans Have Gotten the New COVID Shots

By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter

I’ve got some good news and some not-so-good news. The good news is that more than 7 million Americans have gotten their hands on the newly updated COVID vaccines. The not-so-good news? Well, let’s just say we could be doing better.

You see, last year, when the first COVID boosters were released, a whopping 18 million people had already rolled up their sleeves for a shot by this time. Talk about setting the bar high! This year’s updated shots were specifically designed to target those pesky circulating variants that seem to pop up faster than a celebrity feud on Twitter.

Now, you might be thinking, “Hey, that’s great! Everyone can get vaccinated now!” Well, not so fast. Despite the fact that about 91% of Americans ages 12 and up can now get the vaccines within five miles of their homes (thank you, 14 million doses shipped to pharmacies and vaccine sites), some folks are having trouble finding doses or getting insurance coverage for their shots. Talk about a double-whammy!

But wait, there’s more. Distribution delays have also played a part in the not-so-smooth rollout of the vaccine. It’s like trying to get your favorite pair of sneakers during a Black Friday sale – chaos! This year, the vaccines are being distributed through the private market, which is different from last year. I guess they wanted to switch things up a bit and keep us on our toes.

But fear not! The Biden-Harris Administration and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are making moves to ensure that these little vaccine vials make their way into the hands of pharmacies, clinics, hospitals, and even pediatricians. As they say, “We will be working to reach Americans where they are and inform them of the updated vaccines and where they can get them.” Phew, at least someone’s got our backs!

Now, let’s talk about the younger ones. Did you know that there are about 10,000 babies in the United States who become eligible for COVID-19 vaccines every day when they turn 6 months old? And yet, we’re only vaccinating about 7,000 kids a week under the age of 4. Talk about missed opportunities! We’ve got this growing population of young, unprotected children, which not only impacts their lives but also dilutes the herd immunity we have in the community. It’s like adding more marshmallows to your cereal bowl but forgetting to pour in the milk. It just doesn’t quite work, does it?

But it’s not just the little ones we need to worry about. Older adults are also falling behind in getting their COVID and flu shots, along with the new RSV shots that are all available this year. We’re heading deeper into the respiratory virus season, and we need to make sure our seniors are protected. All three of these vaccines can prevent severe illness, hospitalization, or even death for those with underlying health issues. Let’s not leave our older folks hanging!

So, here’s the deal – we’ve got Moderna and Pfizer, whose mRNA vaccines are available for all age groups. And if you’re looking for something a little more traditional, Novavax has got you covered, approved for ages 12 and up. We’ve got options, people!

Let’s do better, shall we? If you haven’t gotten your shot yet, roll up that sleeve and join the ranks of the vaccinated. Let’s protect ourselves, our families, and our communities. Together, we can make a difference.

More information

The Association of American Medical Colleges has more on COVID boosters.

SOURCES: CNN

How do you feel about the latest update on COVID vaccinations in the United States? Are you surprised by the numbers? Do you have any questions or concerns? Let’s have a conversation! Share your thoughts in the comments below. And remember, stay safe, stay informed, and keep wearing that mask. We’re all in this together!