Allegheny County Praises Recent Vaccination Rates
June 20, 2021
Allegheny County authorities praised the region's vaccination efforts as well as continuous drops in Covid-19 cases in recent weeks, which have shown inoculation rates that are higher than the national average. As reported by The Biz Journals in the article Allegheny County Hails COVID-19 Vaccination Rates
, in Allegheny County, 76% of all adults are at least partially vaccinated, and 55% are fully vaccinated, including nearly all people over 65, the age group most vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2. Nearly half of the 15- to 19-year-olds in the region are also partially vaccinated. All of these figures are higher than the state and national averages.
Bogen and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald have long been proponents of vaccination, having both participated in vaccine research trials last year. They've also urged locals to get vaccinated, using nearly every opportunity to do so and putting the county health department's and the county's weight behind vaccination campaigns. Bogen and Fitzgerald think the vaccinated should try to convince family members and friends to get the shot; Bogen recommended doing whatever possible to comfort them and convince them that vaccines really work, because they really do, and the numbers prove it. She also proposed urging the vaccines, in a caring and thoughtful way, to the people in our lives who have not been vaccinated yet.
One important statistic to note is that Allegheny County has been averaging fewer than 25 cases per day, down from around 50 cases per day two weeks ago. Since May 21, there hasn't been a day with over 100 cases. There have been 1.3 million vaccinations in Allegheny County, yet of the 239 deaths recorded from March to May, 89% were caused by people who were unvaccinated, 9% by those who were partially vaccinated, and 2% – five deaths — by people who were fully vaccinated. Bogen expressed her desire for a time when she would not have to report any deaths caused by Covid-19.
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