Alabama will allow everyone 16 years of age or older to sign up for the Covid-19 vaccine on Monday, joining more than 40 states and already expanding access in a bid to get all adults eligible by the end of the month.
Republican Governor Kai Ivey said: “This vaccine is our ticket back to normal life.” The current situation On its website. “We are very close to putting Covid-19 in the rear view, and until then, we should all continue to wear our masks, vaccinate, and use the common sense that the Lord gave us.”
As countries move to vaccinate people faster, they are also easing restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus as Americans tire of restrictions more than a year into the pandemic.
On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced About 101.8 million people Almost a third of the total US population – they have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Until now Cases are increasing significantly In many states with the spread of new types of Corona virus throughout the country, new deaths have decreased, on average, to less than 900 cases per day.
Health officials say new infections remain at a very high level. Earlier this week, Dr. Rochelle Wallinski, director of the CDC, said the recent increases in cases had been so. It left her with a recurring sense of “impending doom.”
And although the agency said Friday that fully vaccinated Americans could start traveling – it’s not like it should, but only they can – scientists haven’t confirmed yet. Whether people who were vaccinated could become infected, or how oftenIf only for a short period of time, he passed the virus to others.
Travel is already on the rise nationwideWith the weather warming and people getting tired of the limitations of the pandemic. Last Sunday was the busiest day at domestic airports since the start of the pandemic. According to the Transportation Security Administration, approximately 1.6 million people have passed through security checkpoints at US airports.
President Biden warned on Friday that the virus was still out of control and said measures such as wearing masks should remain in place.
“I ask, I plead with you,” said Mr. Biden at the White House. “Don’t give up on the progress we’ve all fought for.”
Current set of restrictions in Alabama, including a requirement to wear masks in public places, Expires On April 9, he added tension to the ongoing battle between conservatives eager to open their states again, running the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Biden who continue to ask for patience. Several states have already dropped mask mandates.
“Please, this is not a policy – repeat the mandate,” Biden said Monday of nationwide easing restrictions, adding, “The failure to take this virus seriously is exactly what got us into this mess in the first place.”
Nearly three million people are vaccinated across the country every day, according to the average of seven days released by the CDC on Friday. But only about 25 percent of the total population of Alabama got a single injection of the vaccine, below the national average of 31 percent, according to the agency.
Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi as states are associated with the lowest percentage of people who have received at least one shot.
Isabella Groollon Paz Contribute to reporting.