US: Around 7 percent (7%) of US adults and 2 percent (2%) of children have gotten a shot of the new versions of COVID-19 vaccines. The study has revealed after a month of the recommendation from the federal officials.
The numbers were released after conducting a national survey of thousands of Americans, which was conducted two weeks ago. Reportedly, these were presented at a meeting held by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
In addition to this, the study has also outlined that about 40 percent of the adults probably or definitely will not get the shot. On the same breadth, a similar percentage of parents have decided not to vaccinate their children.
During late summer, government health authorities transformed the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination effort, drawing parallels with the annual flu campaign. These officials granted their approval for newly developed vaccines honing in on a singular target, a descendant of the omicron variant known as XBB.1.5.
This innovation involved replacing the vaccines previously aimed at the original coronavirus strain and an earlier version of omicron. Notably, just last month, the CDC issued recommendations for the adoption of these new shots for individuals aged 6 months and older.
To handle the distribution of the shots, the government has also adopted a commercialized system – operated by the health-care industry, not the government. Several reports have outlined that many people have outlined that they were unable to get the shots because of the unavailability at pharmacies and doctors.
For over 2 and a half years, Americans were told to get different versions of the COVID-19 vaccine. This year, the number of people getting seriously sick or dying from COVID-19 has dropped to the lowest levels in three years.
While the number of cases is much lower than at the beginning of the pandemic, there are still about 18,000 people going to the hospital and 1,200 people succumbed to COVID-19 each week, which is a concern for health officials.
One of the experts have termed the rates as “abysmal”
One of the experts from the Harvard Medical School, Dr Camille Kotton called the numbers “abysmal.” Kotton further emphasized that the chances of this problem can be confusion among them. She further asked the general public for education efforts.
Dismay was also expressed by Dr David Kimberlin of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He was quoted saying, “The recommendations are not being heard,” as per the news agency AP.