|July 15, 2021 Vaccination||# of Americans Vaccinated||% of Total U.S. Population|
|At least one dose of vaccine||~185.1 million||55.8%|
|Fully vaccinated||~160.4 million||48.3%|
|7-day average vaccination doses||270,592/day (35.7% decrease from the previous week)|
All eyes are on the Delta variant these days. New daily COVID-19 cases are rising in all 50 states, but regions with low vaccination rates are primarily driving rising U.S. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. “This is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated . . . communities that are vaccinated are “generally faring well,” while outbreaks are occurring in areas that have low vaccination rates” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, said during a July 16 White House briefing.
The CDC reported a total of 33,797,400 COVID-19 cases as of July 14, with the highest 7-day average of 251,880 recorded on January 10, 2021, and the lowest 7-day average of 11,472 cases recorded on June 20, 2021. As of July 16, the most current 7-day average was 26,306 case, representing ~70% increase over its previous week.
Nationwide, hospitalizations are also rising, particularly in states with lower vaccination levels and outbreaks involving the delta variant, such as Arkansas, Mississippi and Missouri. The nation’s 7-day hospitalization average for July 7-13 was 2,794, a 35.8% increase from the previous week’s average.
The current 7-day death average is 211, up 26.3% from the previous week’s average.
Vaccinations – As cases are increasing, vaccinations are decreasing.
According to the CDC, as of July 15, 336.1 million vaccine doses have been administered.
Vaccines remain to be the most important weapon to curb the spread of the coronavirus, including the more transmissible Delta and Alpha variants, even though the efficacy of the vaccines for the variants did decrease from 95% to 64%, which prompted the 3rd booster dose idea. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-diseases expert, reminded the public that COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective against all known variants. For people who have only gotten one vaccine and not fully immunized, they should go for the second dose. 99% of the CoVID-related deaths and most of the hospitalizations are from unvaccinated individuals. Dr. Fauci did not discount the idea of the 3rd booster dose in its entirety, but said that there is no need for it “at present”.