Delta Variant Spreads, Yet Over 1 Million Pennsylvanians Have Missed Their Second Shot
July 27, 2021
According to an analysis by The Morning Call, more than 1 million Pennsylvanians are overdue for their second COVID-19 vaccine shot. As shown in the article More Than 1 Million in Pennsylvania Have Missed Their Second COVID Shot. Health Officials Say the Second Shot Is Needed Against Delta Variant
, this analysis shows that Pennsylvania had a greater rate of overdue people than New York, New Jersey, and Maryland, with 42%, 38%, and 10%, respectively. Around 73% of people aged 12 and up across the state have had at least one COVID-19 dose, with only 15% of those being partially vaccinated.
Experts recommend that those who get the Moderna or Pfizer vaccinations have both shots, especially now that the particularly infectious delta version of the coronavirus is spreading across the US. The extremely contagious Delta strain of the coronavirus is of particular concern when it comes to immunity given by vaccines. Delta was originally identified in India late last year but has since been found in 85 countries, including the United States, where it is expected to account for more than half of cases, according to the CDC. Delta is the most infectious strain, being 60% more infectious than any other known strain.
Vaccines are still effective in protecting against illness or infection caused by the Delta Variant, but they may be slightly less effective. According to recent research from Israel, the United Kingdom, and Canada, the Pfizer vaccine is still highly effective at protecting against serious illness and death, but it is only 64% to 88% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 illness from the Delta Variant, which is lower than what has been reported with other variants. It is unquestionably preferable to take two doses rather than one. A recent peer-reviewed paper from French scientists showed that the delta version may be resistant to certain types of monoclonal antibodies, and a single shot of the Pfizer vaccine provided only little protection.
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