Washington – The US is expected to hit an important milestone in the fight against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday: 200 million US adults are expected to receive at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the White House said. 19 response team and public health officials said during a press briefing on Tuesday.
“Our top priority remains first and second shots,” said White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeffrey Ziants. Overall, more than three out of four eligible Americans — Americans who are 12 and older — made fewer At least got my first shot.”
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“Importantly, 94 percent of seniors — ages 65 and older — have at least one shot. And tomorrow, we’ll hit an important milestone: 200 million adults with at least one shot,” says Ziant. he said.
The milestone comes as businesses and state governments across the country have issued various mandates requiring patrons and workers to be vaccinated by September 28 in an effort to end the pandemic that has killed more than 690,000 Americans.
According to an opinion posted by the DOJ last month, Justice Department lawyers determined that federal law does not prohibit public agencies and private businesses from mandating COVID-19 vaccines under emergency use authorization, Granthshala News informed of.
Hospitals and nursing homes around the US are forced to meet staff shortages as the state’s deadline approaches for health care workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
With ultimatums going into effect this week in states like New York, California, Rhode Island and Connecticut, fears are that some workers will quit or find themselves fired or suspended instead of getting the vaccine.
About a dozen states have vaccination mandates covering health care workers in hospitals, long-term care facilities, or both. Some allow exemptions on medical or religious grounds, but those employees will often have to submit to regular COVID-19 testing.
States that have set such requirements already have high vaccination rates. The highest rates are concentrated in the Northeast, with the lowest in the South and Midwest.
The Biden administration would also require the nearly 17 million workers at health facilities that receive federal Medicare or Medicaid to be fully vaccinated under a rule still being developed.
Emphasis on vaccination came after several states were forced to ration health care amid the most recent COVID-19 surge.
Idaho’s public health leaders expanded statewide health care rationing on September 16, and individual hospital systems in Alaska and Montana met similar crisis standards amid a rise in the number of non-vaccinated COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization. Has been applied.
A hospital in Helena, Montana was also forced to enforce crisis standards of care amid a surge in COVID-19 patients. Critical care resources at St Peter’s Health Hospital are at maximum capacity, officials said on 16 September.
Norco Medical, a leading medical supplier, said there has been an increase in demand for oxygen tanks and related equipment, sometimes forcing the company to send patients home with fewer cylinders than they would normally provide. . Norco president Elias Margonis said high-flow oxygen devices – commonly used in hospital or hospice care settings – are also being requested more frequently for home patients.
“It looks like they are discharging aggressively to free up beds for new patients coming into hospitals,” Margonis said.
This story was reported from Los Angeles. The Associated Press contributed.