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US Vaccinations in the South are among lowest in U.S.

03:58  22 july  2021
03:58  22 july  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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More than a month after Covid-19 shots were made available to all U . S . adults, national data show a lag in vaccination uptake across the South , a development that some epidemiologists and public-health officials worry could lead to a rise in infections this summer. Half of American adults are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19, accounting for over 130 million residents, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. But in many parts of the South , the numbers are stubbornly low . At the bottom of the list is Mississippi, where 31.8% of the adult population is fully vaccinated .

States in the south of the US tend to have the lowest vaccine uptake. Mississippi and Louisiana have the lowest - both with less than 40% of residents having received at least one dose. And the UK and other developed countries have typically reached a larger share of their population before their vaccination rate has dipped. Experts say there is a lack of urgency among some healthy young people in the US, who aren't in a rush to get a vaccine .

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This week, more than ever, feels like one in flux especially when you consider the push and pull over the Olympic games and mounting concerns over COVID-19. One Alabama doctor recounts the most difficult part of treating patients who are severely ill is when they begin to ask for the vaccine. "'I hold their hand and tell them that I'm sorry, but it's too late,'" said Dr. Brytney Cobia, at Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham.

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Low vaccination rates in rural Tennessee are driving new Covid-19 cases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, said Dr. Todd Rice, director of the center' s medical intensive care unit. As the delta variant continues to take hold in the U . S ., epidemiologists are paying close attention to what' s happening in Southeastern states like Alabama, Florida and Mississippi — particularly in those areas with low vaccination rates. "It was about this time last year that the South started demonstrating to us that yes, this can transmit in the summer," Hanage said.

In order to gauge vaccination rates and interest, Morning Consult asked adults in each country “Have you gotten the vaccine , or not?” Respondents could reply “Yes,” “No, but I will get it in the future,” “No, and I am not sure if I will get it in the future,” or “No, and I do not plan to get it.” Demographic dive: Australia and Japan have the largest divides by gender when it comes to vaccine hesitancy. In both countries, women are more hesitant to get the vaccine . Weekly tracking: Since mid-April, the share of vaccine skeptics in the U . S . has fallen by 4 percentage points, from 34 percent to 30 percent.

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We spoke to health officials about the low vaccination rates in the South and how it's likely fueling the surge of COVID-19 cases linked to the Delta variant. “It feels very reminiscent of where we were in an early part of the pandemic,” said Mississippi’s state epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers.

Even so, debates over vaccinations continue to take center stage in some states including Tennessee, where the top vaccine official was fired as COVID-19 began to show signs of a new spread. And recently, some parents in Nashville pushed back against a mask policy at schools. 

Some of this tension is the reason I'm spending even more time in my garden these days. Beautiful blooms and nature's bounty. It's such a balm. 

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Our vaccination dataset uses the most recent official numbers from governments and health ministries worldwide. The population estimates we use to calculate per-capita metrics are all based on the last revision of the United Nations World Population Prospects. A full list of our country-specific sources is To bring this pandemic to an end, a large share of the world needs to be immune to the virus. The safest way to achieve this is with a vaccine . Vaccines are a technology that humanity has often relied on in the past to bring down the death toll of infectious diseases. Within less than 12 months after the

Track each state’ s progress as the US vaccination campaign gets underway.

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Last, but certainly not least, is the news that an Ida B. Wells statue was unveiled in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. In a moment where much of the discussion is about the monuments that must fall, it's uplifting to see a celebration of what should stand tall

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In addition to higher death rates, vaccinated people who test positive for a variant are more likely than the unvaccinated to require hospitalization for their Chinese cold. “The current data is in keeping with data published last week by England’ s public health agency that also showed a six-times greater death rate among the fully vaccinated than the unvaccinated and a hospital admission rate of 2.3 percent among those fully vaccinated at least two weeks earlier compared with just 1.2 percent among the unvaccinated,” further explains Celeste.

But that sense of optimism has faded across the country as new cases linked to the highly infectious Delta variant are on the rise and disproportionately affecting unvaccinated populations.

Alabama had the lowest vaccination rate in the U.S. among adults averaging at about 33.4%. Arkansas and Louisiana are among the top five states with low vaccination rates, with little more than 35% of adults vaccinated against COVID-19.

In Tennessee, where the top vaccine official was recently fired, only 38.4% of people are fully vaccinated. By comparison, nearly 50% of U.S. adults have been fully vaccinated as of July 19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Ida B. Wells statue unveiled in Memphis

a group of people standing in the grass: Left, Michelle Duster, Tiana Ferrell, Jasmine, Dan Duster and David Duster pose next to the statue of their relative, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, the African American civil rights advocate and journalist who fought against racism, segregation and lynching, in the new Ida B. Wells Plaza on Beale Street on Friday, July 16, 2021. © Ariel Cobbert/ Commercial Appeal Left, Michelle Duster, Tiana Ferrell, Jasmine, Dan Duster and David Duster pose next to the statue of their relative, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, the African American civil rights advocate and journalist who fought against racism, segregation and lynching, in the new Ida B. Wells Plaza on Beale Street on Friday, July 16, 2021.

A life-size statue honoring the pioneering journalist, educator and civil rights advocate now stands at Beale and Fourth streets, adjacent to the original office of Wells' The Free Speech and Headlight newspaper in Memphis, Tennessee. The unveiling culminated a full week of festivities celebrating Wells’ life and legacy in the city. 

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Wells was born on July 16, 1862, in Holly Springs, Mississippi. After 16 years in Memphis, Wells left in 1892, forced to stay away from the city after threats were made on her life and her newspaper office was destroyed.

One organizer, who worked to bring the statue to the city, said he hopes it inspires people to do what Bell is known for—fighting injustice. 

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Vaccinations in the South are among lowest in U.S.

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