Vaccination rates fall to new lows; UK may delay reopening as infections rise; Moderna shot coming soon for kids: Live COVID-19 updates


The rate of vaccinations around the country has sunk to new lows in recent weeks, threatening President Joe Biden’s goal of 70% of American adults with at least one dose by July 4.

Trends over the past week, based on data reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, show the U.S. vaccinations are on track to reach only 67% of adults, a USA TODAY analysis shows.

The CDC reported last week that 63% of adults had received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, up only slightly from the 62% the week before. Twelve states, including Utah, Oklahoma, Montana, the Dakotas and West Virginia, have seen vaccinations sink to 15 daily shots per 10,000 residents; Alabama had just four people per 10,000 residents get vaccinated last week, according to data from The Washington Post.

The “low-hanging fruit – those people who absolutely want to get vaccinated without you telling them anything” have already been vaccinated, which has led to the slowdown, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top expert on infectious diseases, said on a White House-organized call with community leaders last week, according to the Post.

The White House has already made plans to combat the slowdown. Biden announced last week a monthlong effort to encourage more Americans to roll up their sleeves for a shot.

Also in the news:

►Airline and airport executives from the US and UK are pushing for the lifting of restrictions that have limited travel between both countries, pointing out they’re both among the world leaders in vaccination rates.

►Dr. Jeff Duchin, the chief health officer for Seattle and King County, told The Seattle Times that 97% of recent COVID-19 cases there have occurred in unvaccinated people.

►Carnival Cruise Line said it will require passengers to have completed their COVID vaccinations two weeks before boarding for the company’s first U.S. trips after reopening, departing from Texas in July.

►Dr. Michael Ryan, the emergencies chief for the World Health Organization, says global vaccination coverage of more than 80% is needed to significantly lower the chance that an imported coronavirus case could generate new cases or spawn a wider outbreak.

►During the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents, weary of monitoring their children’s online classes, yearned for schools to reopen. Then vaccines expanded, schools reopened in many cities, and teachers returned – but huge numbers of students didn’t.

📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has more than 33.3 million confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 597,700 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The global totals: Over 173.3 million cases and over 3.73 million deaths. More than 138.9 million Americans have been fully vaccinated – 41.9% of the population, according to the CDC.

📘 What we’re reading: What does the end of COVID-19 in America look like? Perhaps no end at all, but a resigned acceptance of a bearable level of death. Read the full story.

Keep refreshing this page for the latest updates. Want more? Sign up for our Coronavirus Watch newsletter for updates to your inbox and join our Facebook group.

UK may delay June 21 reopening as Delta variant fuels rise in infections

British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the Delta variant first identified in India is 40% more transmissible than the Alpha variant that it’s on the way to replacing as the dominant strain in the U.K.

Hancock acknowledged Sunday that the rise in Delta variant cases may delay the government’s plan to lift most remaining lockdown restrictions on June 21. Coronavirus infections have doubled in the last week and there’s some concern this could mark the beginning of a third wave of cases.

“It is more difficult to manage this virus with the new Delta variant,” said Hancock, adding that vaccines have proven effective against it.

Because of the U.K.’s high vaccination rate — half of adults are fully inoculated and three-quarters have had at least one shot — deaths and hospitalizations are not expected to rise dramatically. But with millions still unvaccinated, keeping some restrictions in place to avoid virus transmission may be necessary.

Moderna vaccine could be available for kids soon

Moderna said Monday it has requested authorization of its COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents with Health Canada – and will file for emergency use authorization with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration “for this important, younger-age population.” The FDA expanded its emergency use authorization for Pfizer’s vaccine to include people 12 to 15 last month.

Moderna also said it has filed data for a conditional marketing approval in the 27-nation European Union to expand use of its vaccine to children. Last month, the European drug regulator approved the shot made by Pfizer and BioNTech for children 12 to 15.

New York state could drop most restrictions within days

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state will lift its remaining COVID-19 restrictions in most settings when 70% of its adult population has been at least partially vaccinated, a benchmark that could be within reach in days. Currently, 68.6% of New Yorkers ages 18 and over have received at least one shot, an increase from 64.4% on Thursday.

Cuomo said that upon reaching the 70% figure, the state’s emergency social distancing, health screening and cleaning mandates will be rescinded for most businesses and social situations. Businesses will have the option to keep the COVID protocols in place or remove them.

“We have never been in a better position vis-à-vis COVID-19 than we are today,” Cuomo said. “But we have to work to bring New York back. This is not an automatic recovery.”

— Sarah Taddeo, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

China locks down city of 18 million to combat outbreak

The southern Chinese city of Guanzhou was placed in lockdown Monday following an outbreak of coronavirus that has sickened dozens of people in recent days. Anyone who is given permission to leave must show a negative test for the virus taken in the previous 48 hours. The same rule applies to anyone seeking to leave the surrounding province of Guangdong. The city also is restricting indoor dining, conducting mass testing and banning residents in high-risk neighborhoods from leaving their homes. At least two districts in the city of 18 million people have been closed off entirely.

The variant causing the Guangzhou outbreak – the delta variant first identified in India – is reportedly more infectious because those who have it are slower to display symptoms while carrying more virus particles.

Fauci, first lady promote vaccinations at Harlem church

First lady Jill Biden and Dr. Anthony Fauci toured a vaccination site at a historic Harlem church Sunday in a promotional appearance aimed at re-energizing the lagging national vaccination drive. Biden, Fauci and Sen Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, watched as people got their shots in the basement of the Abyssinian Baptist Church. The church first started offering vaccine doses in January in an effort to boost the vaccination rates in New York City’s Black and Hispanic communities.

Biden asked a teenager about to get his shot how old he was, and when he said he was 14, she responded, “You’re 14, that’s exactly what we want! Twelve and over.”

‘No excuse’: Mississippi last in nation for fully vaccinated people

For months, Mississippi Health Officer Thomas Dobbs has been pleading with Mississippians to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Mississippi is last in the nation for fully vaccinated people. As of Friday afternoon, over 911,000 people were fully vaccinated in Mississippi, or 29% of the population, lagging well behind the nation’s average of 41%. For multiple weeks, Dobbs has reiterated it: Mississippians will either get vaccinated against the virus or they will suffer its effects.

“There’s no excuse for that,” Dobbs said during a livestreamed talk with the Mississippi State Medical Association. “I will personally drive up to your house to give you one.”

– Sarah Haselhorst, Mississippi Clarion-Ledger

Milwaukee college students working to overcome COVID-19 vaccine barriers

When Sarah Farhan walked up to people at Milwaukee’s Eid al-Fitr festival following Ramadan last month and asked them whether they’d gotten the COVID-19 vaccine yet, many looked skeptical. Then Farhan switched to speaking Arabic.

“Then they just exploded with words,” she said. “They were like, ‘Oh, OK, so can you tell me this and that?'”

Farhan, who is set to attend the Medical College of Wisconsin in the fall, was working her new summer job as a vaccine educator for the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition. The coalition hired eight college students who speak languages common in Milwaukee’s Muslim community, such as Arabic, Somali, Rohingya and Urdu, to encourage hesitant people to get the vaccine while dispelling fears and misinformation about it.

“When you’re able to communicate in the language that they’re most familiar with, there becomes a sense of comfort and familiarity, and I think that there’s more confidence in going and getting the vaccine,” women’s coalition president Janan Najeeb said.

– Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Group effort in rural Georgia to help others get vaccinated

A growing group of volunteers in Randolph County, Georgia, is doing its part to reenergize the country’s flagging vaccination effort, going door to door to help people get inoculated against COVID-19 and answering their questions. The four who began the effort built off their experience canvassing with the Randolph County Democratic Committee. What began as a focused effort to register seniors without Internet for the vaccine grew into a larger operation.

Located in southwest Georgia, Randolph is one of the state’s poorest counties, and its rural location makes residents more vulnerable to the coronavirus. According to the CDC, people in rural areas are at a higher risk of hospitalization. In addition, those without a mode of transportation or Internet connections find it harder to access vaccines.

That’s where the group that developed out of Neighbor 2 Neighbor steps in. Joyce Barlow told CNN that not only is it about helping people get inoculated, but it is also about listening to them and their concerns about COVID-19 and the vaccines.

“We want to get everyone protected,” she said. “We are, after all, our brother’s and sister’s keepers.”

Contributing: Janie Haseman, USA TODAY; The Associated Press

News Related

OTHER NEWS

Mum reveals $10 reason son can't have 'normal life'

For Lykera Parker, seeing another child walk can trigger a pang of sadness. Because she knows that while her son Kalarny is as bubbly and outgoing as any four-year-old, he ... Read more »

COVID-19: Cases fall in the Netherlands and UK, while Italy and Romania push vaccines

While COVID-19 cases fall in some European countries, others fear a fourth wave of infections is underway. Cases in the Netherlands have fallen by 44% compared to last week, according ... Read more »

Schools implement mask mandates even as some states impose bans; US reports one case every second: Live COVID-19 updates

The U.S. Department of Education Monday released a roadmap for the return to school this fall, encouraging districts to invest in physical and emotional support for students. Among the roadmap’s ... Read more »

Cobblestone stones honor WWII gay and lesbian resistance fighters

Karel Pekelharing stone. Photo: DutchNews.nl Nine Jewish gay and lesbian resistance figurines are to be given their own “Stolperstein” or commemorative street tiles in front of their last known address. ... Read more »

Covid UK news – live: Vaccine to be offered to 16 and 17-year-olds as UK sees highest deaths since mid-March

✕ Close Coronavirus in numbers The coronavirus vaccination programme looks set to be rolled out to more than a million 16- and 17-year-olds. It is expected ministers will on Wednesday ... Read more »

Obese mice lose weight ‘sweating out' fat in an immune system experiment, despite eating more

In search of better treatments for type 2 diabetes and other consequences of obesity, Taku Kambayashi has long wondered if he could harness a bodily function that most think about ... Read more »

NYC will have the first government-issued vaccine mandate in the US. Here's what we know.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio just mandated proof of vaccination for indoor restaurants, gyms and performance venues. Here’s how that will work. Read more »

Peak hospital admissions seems to have been reached, 44% fewer new infections

Increase in IC In the past week, 541 new COVID-19 hospitalizations were registered compared to 564 the week before. “In the past week, there were 130 new admissions to the ... Read more »

The Path to Forgiveness When Someone Hurts You: How to Forgive, Let Go, and Protect Yourself

When you’ve been hurt by someone you trust, you might feel angry or resentful, especially if it keeps happening. Forgiving the person who is hurting you can rid you of ... Read more »

How to Boost Your Confidence (13 Steps to Help Your Social Anxiety)

Are you sometimes nervous to speak up and say what’s on your mind? It’s okay to be a little shy every now and then, but it might prevent you from ... Read more »

This South Korean company has figured out how to get the best night's sleep. Does sleep tech work?

A lack of sleep not only makes us grumpy in the mornings but it can also affect our health too. There are a range of gadgets out there with many ... Read more »

NHS must work in “new ways” to deliver care, says new chief executive

Amanda Pritchard during a visit to University College Hospital London, following the announcement of her appointment as the new chief executive of the NHS in England. (PA) The health service ... Read more »

3 ways to show you've gotten the COVID-19 vaccine

Did you misplace your vaccine passport? Here are three other ways you can prove you’ve been vaccinated. Read more »

Covid-19 antibody test: what does your result mean? Why a high score is good but doesn't tell the whole story

Standing in a taxi queue recently I overheard a middle-aged man say to a woman of similar age ahead of him in line, “I got 650”. Whatever he was referring ... Read more »

One-third of all COVID cases reported in Florida and Texas; US reaches 70% of partially vaccinated adults: COVID-19 updates

Florida and Texas had one-third of all COVID cases reported last week, White House COVID-19 Response coordinator Jeff Zients said during a Monday news conference. Florida broke two records — ... Read more »

Rabobank to compensate customers who have paid too much interest

Photo: Rabobank Rabobank is working to settle thousands of customers who have paid large amounts of interest on consumer loans, Cooperative Bank said Tuesday. The decision focuses on the high ... Read more »

Covid UK news - live: PM U-turns on amber watchlist as England could be ‘over the edge' of third wave

✕ Close Boris Johnson hints at U-turn on amber watchlist Plans for an “amber watchlist” have been abandoned as ministers prepare to review the traffic light system which will decide ... Read more »

How to Verify a Physician's License in California

Before you choose a physician for any type of treatment, it’s always a good idea to verify their license. This assures you that their license is in good standing and ... Read more »

Sailing Bronze has won a total of 19 Dutch medals and will win even more.

Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz during the race. Photo: Olaf Kraak ANP In the disappointing medal race of Sailor Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz, she was pushed back to the ... Read more »

From AI to ice vests: How Tokyo 2020 athletes are adapting to the hottest Olympics ever

Tokyo 2020 is likely to go down in history as the hottest modern Olympic and Paralympic Games ever. Daily high temperatures in the Japanese capital have hovered around 31C throughout ... Read more »

How to Use a Monocular

A monocular is like a small telescope. It is smaller and lighter than binoculars while packing the same power. To use a monocular, make sure that you keep a firm ... Read more »

Poorer communities see twice as many smoking related cancers as richer areas, says study

Smoking is linked to poverty and is causing more cancers in poorer communities (Getty Images/iStockphoto) There are nearly twice as many cancers caused by smoking among the poorest people in ... Read more »

Paramedics left in tears from ‘unsustainable demand', warns union

Unison has warned ambulance chiefs that the pressure is taking its toll on their workforce (Getty) Paramedics are being left in tears at the end of stressful shifts, with some ... Read more »

How to Use Apple Health

This wikiHow teaches you how to get started with Apple Health on your iPhone. The Health app makes it easy to access your important health information, including your medical history, ... Read more »

How to Understand Social Distancing

The term “social distancing” is all over the news, but what does it really mean? This term refers to staying a specific distance away from other people to help prevent ... Read more »

How to Treat a Bruised Thigh Muscle

Ouch! A bruised thigh is no joke. The front of your thigh is composed of large muscles called your quadriceps, and anybody who’s ever taken a direct hit there can ... Read more »

How to Treat Tunnel Wounds

A tunnel wound is a secondary wound that occurs alongside a primary wound, and it’s usually caused by an infection or pressure. This kind of wound extends into layers of ... Read more »

How to Treat Overmethylation

Methylation is a fairly complex process, but basically, it’s the natural process where methyl groups (one carbon and three hydrogen atoms) are transferred throughout your body. This happens billions of ... Read more »

How to Treat Numbness in Legs and Feet

Numbness in your legs and feet can cause discomfort and awkwardness, but it’s usually no cause for alarm. If you sit or stand in the same position for an extended ... Read more »

How to Treat Liver Fibrosis

Your liver is an incredible organ—it can grow back from almost nothing. But if it’s damaged too often, it can lead to a condition called fibrosis. The good news is ... Read more »

50 per cent vaxxed is not enough to safely lift restrictions: Doherty Institute

If NSW reaches its target of 6 million Covid-19 vaccinations by the end of the month it will still be “a long way” from being safe from the virus, according ... Read more »

How to Treat Crepitus

Crepitus is a general term for the crackling or popping sound made by a joint. This is typically caused by cartilage or soft tissue rubbing against a joint during movement, ... Read more »

How to Treat Cold Feet

Having cold feet is a pretty common problem, especially during the wintertime. However, if you have persistent cold feet, you could have an underlying condition such as Reynaud’s phenomenon. Fortunately, ... Read more »

How to Treat Buttock Folliculitis

Folliculitis is a common condition causing inflamed hair follicles and a raised rash. While it can occur anywhere on your body, the buttocks are a common area for an outbreak. ... Read more »

'People who do not want to be vaccinated may go elsewhere': Court backs Indiana University mandate

INDIANAPOLIS — Students who don’t like Indiana University’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement can go elsewhere for their education. That was the message delivered by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in ... Read more »

How to Take a Mankind Unwanted Kit

A Mankind Unwanted Kit is made up of 1 pill called mifepristone and 4 pills called misoprostol that your OB/GYN can give you. These are taken to terminate an unwanted ... Read more »

How to Take Control of Your Health

No matter what our existing health, financial, mental, economic, or social situation is, there are things we can each do to take (better) control of our own health. No one ... Read more »

How to Take Care of Yourself

Taking care of yourself can feel like a really big task, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Learn to manage your physical, mental, and emotional health so that you ... Read more »

Japanese shadow painting master delivers hope, delight in Seoul

Read more »

How to Store Ascorbic Acid

Ascorbic acid, or ascorbate, is another name for vitamin C. Ascorbic acid helps your body grow and repair itself and is an essential nutrient. Unfortunately, it is also very delicate ... Read more »