The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention is predicting that COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths will decrease over the next four weeks. CDC forecasts conclude that by June 19, there will be a total of 596,000 to 606,000 Kovid-19 deaths.
Many states are encouraging people to get vaccinated. The latest is California, wooing residents with $ 116.5 million in freebies, citing it as the nation’s largest vaccine incentive program.
Children should be protected more
And those who are not eligible, who are children below 12 years, need to be careful. The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that children 2 years of age or older who have not been fully vaccinated should wear a well-fitted face mask.
The updated guidance advises children to wear masks at school, in childcare programs, at camp, while playing with friends and when playing indoor games and outdoor games with close contact. There are exceptions for sports where masks can be a hazard such as gymnastics.
According to the AAP, masks should be used outside if the child is in a large group setting, or when it is impossible to maintain a good physical distance from others.
The AAP also recommended children wear one at home if they live with someone who is immunized or is at risk for severe COVID-19.
AAP President Dr. Lee Savio Beers said in a statement, “Kovid-19 vaccines are remarkably effective, but we must be vigilant.”
To help adolescents and adults who have moderate or worse cases of COVID-19, the US Food and Drug Administration authorized monoclonal antibody therapy sotrovimab for patients 12 and older at risk of serious illness or death is.
Many states are offering vaccine promotion programs
California is offering gift cards and cash prizes, including a grand prize of $ 15 million to be divided among ten California residents who have been vaccinated.
This will include every resident who has already been vaccinated, and those who get a shot before the state reopens completely on June 15, according to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office.
The next two million residents vaccinated will be eligible for $ 100 million in gift cards, a $ 50 increase in the form of a prepaid visa or grocery store gift card.
According to state officials, about 50% of eligible Californians have already been fully vaccinated and the other 12% have received a single dose of the Kovid-19 vaccine, but the other 12 million residents are eligible, but have not yet been vaccinated. Has not been imposed.
In Minnesota, Governor Tim Walz launched the “Your Shot to Summer” campaign, under which 100,000, 000 Minnesotans who get vaccinated between Memorial Day weekend and the end of June receive a number of incentives, including state park passes and fishing licenses Will be eligible to choose from. As well as state fair and regional amusement park tickets.
“We wanted to match an event that we think matches Minnesota,” Walz told reporters. “We think this is a great way to start the summer.”
“I think these were very Minnesota in particular tackling outside, we want to encourage people to get out there, we hope these are lifelong. This is the first fishing license of some people Maybe, we hope they buy one every year after that, ”he said.
Minnesota’s Kovid-19 ban on businesses, sporting events and social gatherings expired on Friday and Walz struck an optimistic tone for the upcoming holiday weekend.
“All mitigation is removed from businesses, business potential and those types of things, so it will be a true Memorial Day weekend,” he said.
‘Get vaccinated, go to the beach’
New York City has its own plan to get everyone vaccinated. The city will provide vaccination buses at beaches and parks to deliver free vaccines during the weekend.
“We’re going to go the extra mile, whatever it may be,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. “You are going to see our vaccine buses all over New York City in the next few days.”
He added: “Go, get vaccinated, hit the beach. Real simple.”
De Blasio also announced that the city has vaccinated more than 9,000 in-house individuals and will expand the program to include people with disabilities and those aged 75 and older. To date, the city has given a total of 8,130,889 vaccine doses.
Vaccine booster will be required at some point
But experts reiterate that vaccinations may not be enough right now and booster shots will be required at some point.
Dr. Peter Marks, director of the US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said current knowledge about boosters suggests they will be needed, but the exact timing is not yet known.
“The right time to need a booster would probably be a combination of two things,” he said. “One, how fast that immune response falls, but it may also depend on which versions of the Kovid-19 are rotating.”
Participants in the original vaccine trials are currently being followed to see their immune response over time, and there is some evidence that it “drops to some degree” over time, Marx said, teaching a COVID-19 vaccine. And said during the equity project webinar.
He explained that this is because some levels of immunity are sufficient to inhibit covid-19 with the original strain of the virus, but it may not be sufficient for other variants.
“We’ll have to see where it all interacts. Is it possible that we need a booster at some point? Yes. Is it possible? Yes. Do we really know when? No,” said Marx. said. “But if I had to look at my crystal ball, it’s probably not the expectation for one year after being vaccinated for the average / older adult.” However, they feel it may be immune-compromised or different for older adults, who may need a booster shot soon.
“The good news is that it can be found that immunity lasts longer,” Marx said.
CNN’s Lauren Mascarenhas, Jane Christenson, Didre McPhillips, Myrna Alsharif, Keith Allen, Cherie Mossberg, Naomi Thomas contributed to this report.