CDC Director’s Statement On Vaccine Milestone

CDC Director Statement On Vaccine Milestone

On December 23, CDC (Center of Disease Control and Prevention) Director Robert R. Redfield give to the Media a statement on Vaccine Milestone. During the speech, it was announced that the vaccination process in the USA is already actively begin.

“With cases of COVID-19 continuing to surge nationwide, this achievement comes at a critical time and will help to protect those on the frontlines – our healthcare providers treating COVID-19 patients – as well as our most vulnerable: elder individuals living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities,” – he said in the announcement.

100 Million Uncertain About Vaccination

More than 100 million Americans are uncertain about vaccination.

There are at least five challenges to at-scale COVID-19 vaccine adoption: historical analogues consistently demonstrate the challenges of public-health-initiative adoption in the United States; about 50 to 70 percent of Americans, including those in at-risk segments, convey uncertainty toward COVID-19 vaccination; the drivers of vaccine uncertainty are complex; many of the most credible influencers, physicians, and nurses are uncertain; and mis- and disinformation exists and could increase. These five challenges confront the United States at present. However, there is potential that uncertainty will subside as vaccine adoption progresses with prioritized populations in the coming months.

Delivering conviction, convenience, and costlessness will require four major shifts in the actions of stakeholders across sectors:

  • public and private sectors coming together to launch an unprecedented campaign to support vaccine adoption at scale
  • government action to develop and innovate the infrastructure further to support vaccine adoption
  • healthcare providers and payers with vaccination at the top of their agendas
  • employer mobilization and action to support employees to get vaccinated

Such collective action will require investment in the range of an incremental $10 billion.

1 Million Vaccine Milestone

The United States achieved an early but important milestone today – jurisdictions have now reported that more than 1 million people have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine since administration began 10 days ago.

“Vaccination is a critical tool in bringing this unprecedented pandemic to an end. But until every person in the U.S. is able to get a COVID-19 vaccine, we continue to ask Americans to embrace proven public health strategies including social distancing, good hand hygiene, and wearing a mask in public to reduce the risk of transmission and protect our communities,” – said Robert R. Redfield.

CDC collaborates with DoD (the U.S. Department of Defense) and other federal partners, continues to work closely with state, local, tribal, and territorial health departments to combat the spread of COVID-19, and distribute COVID-19 vaccine doses as quickly as possible to accomplish vaccination of the American public.

“While we celebrate this historic milestone, we also acknowledge the challenging path ahead. There is currently a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S., but supply will increase in the weeks and months to come. The goal is for everyone to be able to easily get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as large enough quantities are available,” – CDC said.

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