COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Be part of the solution!
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COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Be part of the solution!

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The number of Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 now tops 101 million, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of the end of April. More than 43% of Americans have received at least one dose, and the average daily coronavirus case count is steadily decreasing. The rate of new infections is currently averaging 49,000 cases per day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, down from more than 70,000 just a few weeks ago.

Of those aged 18 and older, 56% are at least partially vaccinated and 40% are fully vaccinated. But the pace of vaccinations has slowed to an average of 2.5 million shots a day, down from 3.2 million earlier in April.

Meeting demand for shots is no longer the main challenge in many places, as states confront vaccine access and hesitancy barriers in their populations. Seventeen states have reported a decrease in shots given for three weeks in a row or more, according to a CNBC analysis of CDC data.

In Florida, 6,328,296 people are fully vaccinated. In Miami-Dade County, 834,860 in Miami-Dade people are fully vaccinated. In Broward, 569,769 people are fully vaccinated. In Palm Beach, 462,538 people are fully vaccinated.

In other countries, Covid-19 outbreaks are reaching new heights. India accounts for one in every three new coronavirus cases globally as of May 1, according to the World Health Organization, with nearly 7 million cases reported in April.

What are the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine?

A COVID-19 vaccine can:

  • Prevent you from spreading the virus to others, especially at-risk family members and relatives. You can be a carrier and not know it.
  • Reduce the general spread of the virus, which reduces its chance to mutate into more contagious and/or resistant virus forms.
  • Prevent you from getting COVID-19 in the first place.
  • Prevent from becoming seriously ill or dying even if you do contract COVID-19; most importantly it will keep you out of the hospital.
  • Build herd immunity by adding to the number of people in the community who are protected — making it harder for the disease to spread.

Currently approved vaccines:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech – 95% effective when taken as directed; 2 shots
  • Moderna –94% effective when taken as directed; 2 shots
  • Johnson & Johnson – 66% effective when taken as directed; single shot