Arkansas governor cites progress one year after vaccines made available

Sixty-four percent of Arkansans ages 5 and older have been at least partially vaccinated, according to Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. This includes the 52% who have been fully vaccinated. Hutchinson made the announcement at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. Tuesday marked a year since Arkansas first had access to the vaccine, Hutchinson said. On December 14, 2020, Arkansas had 1,050 people in the hospital with COVID-19. On this same date in 2021, there were 518. Active cases are also down by 13,368 on December 14, 2021 compared to this day in 2020. “It’s manageable now and if we can reduce our cases, that can continue to be manageable,” says Hutchinson. “The key is now, do your recall. It’s the best protection against a serious consequence of the coronavirus.” Omicron to government authorities. “It is spreading faster than the delta variant in South Africa where the delta circulation was low, but also appears to be spreading faster than the delta variant in other countries with high delta incidence, such as the UK. United,” the World Health Organization said during a technical briefing last week. The severity of the new variant is unclear, although most cases diagnosed so far have been mild. That might be reassuring, but if omicron spreads more easily than delta and previous variants, evades the protection afforded by vaccines and previous infection, and ends up infecting more people, it could mean more people end up in the hospital and more die. A new study published Monday by researchers at the University of Oxford adds to the evidence that two of the main vaccines deployed against COVID-19 – the AstraZeneca vaccine widely used in Britain and around the world but not in the United States, and the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine widely used in the US, Europe and elsewhere – will not protect people against the omicron variant as well. trends could potentially reflect a new third wave emerging in Arkansas,” the report said. “Unlike 2020, this wave, if it occurs, is expected to peak early in the first few months of the new year, most likely February or early March.” The report does not include the potential impact of the omicron variant. “However, we do know that the delta variant, the dominant variant in Arkansas, is highly contagious and capable of causing serious illness in children and adults,” the report said. “We also know that there are enough unvaccinated citizens in Arkansas to cause a third outbreak in the state.” About 50.71% of people living in the ‘Arkansas have been fully vaccinated. Arkansas ranks ahead of only seven states on this metric. So far, 61.0% of the nation’s residents have been fully vaccinated.

Sixty-four percent of Arkansans ages 5 and older have been at least partially vaccinated, according to Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. This includes the 52% who have been fully vaccinated.

Hutchinson made the announcement at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday marked a year since Arkansas first had access to the vaccine, Hutchinson said.

On December 14, 2020, Arkansas had 1,050 people in hospital with COVID-19. As of this same date in 2021, it had 518. Active cases are also down 13,368 on December 14, 2021 from this day in 2020.

“It’s manageable now and if we can reduce our cases it can continue to be manageable,” Hutchinson said. “The key is now, do your recall. It’s the best protection against a serious consequence of the coronavirus.”

Omicron

The omicron variant has killed at least one person in the UK and sent 10 to hospital – most of them vaccinated, according to government authorities.

“It is spreading faster than the delta variant in South Africa where the delta circulation was low, but also appears to be spreading faster than the delta variant in other countries with high delta incidence, such as the UK. United,” the World Health Organization said during a technical briefing last week.

The severity of the new variant is unclear, although most cases diagnosed so far have been mild. That might be reassuring, but if omicron spreads more easily than delta and previous variants, evades the protection afforded by vaccines and previous infection, and ends up infecting more people, it could mean more people end up in the hospital and more die.

A new study published Monday by researchers at the University of Oxford adds to the evidence that two of the main vaccines deployed against COVID-19 – the AstraZeneca vaccine widely used in Britain and around the world but not in the United States, and the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine widely used in the US, Europe and elsewhere – will not protect people against the omicron variant as well.

UAMS disclaimer

Earlier this month, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences released a report that warns of a potential “third wave” of infections.

“Current projected trends could potentially reflect a new third wave emerging in Arkansas,” the report said. “Unlike 2020, this surge, if it occurs, is expected to peak early in the first few months of the new year, most likely February or early March.”

The report did not include the potential impact of the omicron variant.

“However, we do know that the delta variant, the dominant variant in Arkansas, is highly contagious and capable of causing serious illness in children and adults,” according to the report. “We also know there are enough unvaccinated citizens in Arkansas to cause a third surge in the state.”

About 50.71% of people living in Arkansas have been fully vaccinated. Arkansas ranks ahead of just seven states on this metric.

So far, 61.0% of the country’s people have been fully vaccinated.

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