We know that the key to getting back to normal is getting most people vaccinated. As of today, about 44.7% of the total American population (55.6% of eligible Americans 16+) have been vaccinated.
Vaccine hesitancy isn't necessarily the problem. As this Vox author explains, the people who have already been vaccinated are the most enthusiastic. Lopez compares us (and democracy.town users are overall excited about getting our #covidvaccine) to those who buy a new iPhone the day it comes out. But then the demand drops. Eventually other people buy one too, when they get around to it.
I signed up for a vaccine as soon as I could, and when my J&J shot was cancelled, went two counties away for the Pfizer I could get instead. A lot of people can't or won't go to that effort, but will get their shot if it's convenient. Vaccines need to be made convenient so we can save lives and return to normal.
@Cindyjosaitis It's pretty easy to get a shot now, but just three weeks ago, people were still scrambling to get appointments in a lot of the country. So it's really not that surprising that people haven't caught up. If people got their first shot the first week that they were available to the general public in many states, they're not due for their second shot until next week. Or if they got Moderna, not until the week after. I was in a priority group and I still only got mine a few days before everyone in the country was eligible on April 19th. There's been a lot of confusion about who is eligible and what has been available, and if you crossed state lines, that changed. I could have traveled from Virginia to New Jersey in about three hours and my eligibility would have changed six times during that last week before April 19th. Or gone the other way, New Jersey to New Hampshire, hit five more states, and five more sets of rules.
It's open to 18 & up here. The demand isn't there anymore for it. No lines at the vaccination sites now.
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