As the most contagious variant of Delta spreads in the United States, President Joe Biden has worked hard to find ways to vaccinate more Americans, including door-to-door vaccinations.
Biden said at a press conference on Tuesday that mass vaccination sites across the country are closing, and now “we need to go to the community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood, and oftentimes, door to door – literally knocking on doors – to get help to the remaining people protected from the virus.”
Experts say that communities with the lowest vaccination rates are at higher risk of outbreaks due to the more infectious Delta variant that originated in India.
As reported by Insider’s Aria Bendix, this variant can also evade the protection of existing vaccines. This variant has been found in all 50 states and is dominant in five states including California. It is expected to become the most dominant strain in the country in the coming weeks, and Delta Air Lines poses the greatest risk to unvaccinated people.
A recent analysis by the Associated Press found that almost all COVID-19 deaths in the United States were not vaccinated.
President Joe Biden said “Our fight against this virus is not over, right now, as I speak to you, millions of Americans are still unvaccinated and unprotected. And because of that, their communities are at risk, their friends are at risk. The people that they care about are at risk.”
The President’s focus is to shift from an important public message to a more localized approach, equipping local medical experts and professionals to work with their communities to vaccinate more people. As mass vaccination sites have been closed, the president said he hopes to vaccinate in local environments such as pharmacies, churches, festivals, or workplaces. You want the experience to be like “going in to get toothpaste or something else you need from a drugstore.”
“We’re going to put even more emphasis on getting vaccinated in your community, close to home, conveniently at a location you’re already familiar with,” Biden mentioned.
CDC data shows that approximately 55% of Americans are vaccinated, but the vaccination rate is declining. Although more than 3 million Americans were vaccinated daily during the peak period in April, this proportion has been declining in recent weeks, and at one point only 700,000 people were vaccinated daily. In addition, a poll by the Washington Post and ABC News last week found that 29% of Americans said they would most likely not be vaccinated. Experts warn that unvaccinated people not only risk their own health but also risk allowing more mutations.
Dr. William Schaffner a professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said “Unvaccinated people are potential variant factories,”.
“The more unvaccinated people there are, the more opportunities for the virus to multiply,” he added.
Biden warned that although we are about to get rid of the pandemic, it is important for everyone to do their part and remain vigilant. He added, “We are emerging from one of the darkest years in our nation’s history into a summer of hope and joy, hopefully. Think about where you were – where you were last year, where you are today; what you were able to do last year at this time and do today. It’s a year of hard-fought progress. We can’t get complacent now,” he said.