‘Don’t Let Some Guy on Facebook Answer’: The World Health Organization (WHO) Recommends Consultations After Adult Vaccination Rates Reach 50%
As the United States approaches the goal of completely vaccinating 50% of the population against COVID-19, the White House urged Americans who are still undecided about the vaccine to schedule a consultation with a health care professional.
Andy Slavitt, the White House’s senior advisor on COVID-19, advised skeptics to “do yourself a favor” and speak to a doctor or pharmacist about their questions about the shot.
“Find a justification to get vaccinated for whatever reason you like. If you’re still unsure, do your research and speak to your doctor or pharmacist. All of your questions are valid, but do yourself a favor and don’t let some guy on Facebook answer your question when there are better options,” Slavitt said at a White House press briefing.
Slavitt’s remarks come as the nation prepares to vaccinate more than half of all adults in the United States on Tuesday. According to data released Sunday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 25 states have completely vaccinated at least half of their adult residents (CDC).
“This is a watershed moment in our country’s vaccination efforts,” Slavitt said, adding that when President Joe Biden took office, only 1% of Americans were vaccinated.
According to the CDC, more than 130.6 million Americans have received complete COVID-19 vaccination. In total, 61 percent of all adults in the United States have received at least one vaccine dose. About 58 percent of people aged 12 and up have had at least one vaccination, and 46.8% are fully vaccinated.
The Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine is currently the only one approved for younger teens, but Moderna said Tuesday morning that its vaccine is safe and effective in teenagers, according to USA Today. In early June, the company expects to send its results to the Food and Drug Administration, along with a request for permission to use the vaccine in children aged 12 to 17.
Biden said earlier this month that by July 4, he hopes to have at least 70% of the population partially vaccinated.
The administration has concentrated on improving vaccine accessibility, countering misinformation, and ensuring that vaccines are accessible. This is a condensed version of the information.