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This video clearly demonstrates how racist America is as a country and how far we have to go to become a country that is civilized and actually values equal justice. We must not rest until this goal is achieved. I do not want my great grandchildren to live in a country like we have today. I wish for them to live in a country where differences of race and culture are not ignored but valued as a part of what makes America great.

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Black and Latino communities are left behind in Covid-19 vaccination efforts | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Black and Latino communities are left behind in Covid-19 vaccination efforts

Gloria Oladipo 
The Guardian
    Stanisha Land receives a Covid-19 vaccine in Chicago.  Photograph: Kamil Krzaczyński/Reuters
    Stanisha Land receives a Covid-19 vaccine in Chicago. Photograph: Kamil Krzaczyński/Reuters

    When vaccines became increasingly available throughout America, US health officials moved quickly to try to convince large numbers of Americans to get vaccinated. But amid the mass vaccination rollout, Black and Latino communities, who are disproportionately affected by the pandemic, have been left behind in vaccination efforts, creating racial disparities about who was more likely to get a Covid-19 shot.

    Amid federal and local efforts to address vaccine disparity, vaccination rates for Black Americans and Latinos lag behind the general population, leaving many communities of color still unprotected against the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Among the 57% of Americans for which ethnicity data was available who have had at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, the majority are white while only about 15% are Hispanic and 9% are Black: both lower rates than their proportion of the US population. Fewer than half of US states have vaccinated more than a third of their Black populations, according to data provided by Bloomberg, while more than 40 states have done at least as well with white and Asian people.

    While some states, like Mississippi, Georgia, and Maryland, have seen large increases in vaccination rates among Black and Latino residents in the last week, most US states are still trailing behind on vaccinating communities of color.

    The reasons behind continued disparities in vaccine distribution are disparate and complex, ranging from a waning hesitancy towards getting vaccinated to disparities in public health infrastructure that disproportionately impact communities of color. Amid various explanations and some steady progress towards closing the vaccination equity gap, disparity stubbornly remains.

    “We have structural inequities in everything else, especially in healthcare. You don’t expect a thing like vaccinations to suddenly [make] that disappear,” said Dr Linda Rae Murray, a Chicago physician and former president of the American Public Health Association (APHA).

    In many states, early fumblings in the vaccination process have left lingering disparities in place. Missteps around providing accessible information on Covid-19 vaccines, combined with an ongoing level of distrust in institutions, has created vast amounts of misinformation on the vaccines’ efficacy and safety, resulting in some hesitancy, especially early in the vaccination rollout.

    “We still have people that still have not heard the information that they need to make an informed decision and we still have a range of misinformation out there and we still have some people that are purposely giving people the wrong information,” said Georges C Benjamin, executive director of the APHA.

    But vaccine hesitancy is only one reason for why many Black and Latino people remain unvaccinated. Polls from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that hesitation to get vaccinated among Black Americans has gone down in recent months while interest in getting vaccinated among Latinos remained high. In fact, white Republicans are more likely to definitively refuse a vaccination. Similarly, even though Black Americans have similar rates of vaccine hesitancy to white people, white people are more likely to get vaccinated.

    Beyond individual attitudes, structural inequalities are stifling equitable vaccine access.

    Transportation to and from vaccination sites has been an ongoing problem for many attempting to get vaccinated. Many low-income people of color don’t have access to a car or live near public transportation that could get them to vaccinations sites.

    Work and family obligations are another barrier that make it difficult for some to access the vaccine. Early on in the vaccination scramble, even if a person could navigate technological difficulties to secure a long-sought vaccine appointment, getting vaccinated often depended on a person’s availability during the day.

    For many frontline workers, the majority of whom are people of colortaking time off to get vaccinated is still not possible. Similarly, taking care of young children or elderly relatives can limit a person’s opportunity to go and get vaccinated.

    “All of these structural conditions … make it difficult to go out to these mass vaccination places,” said Murray.

    Some communities of color also struggle with a lack of health infrastructure, resulting in limited access to information on the vaccine or how to schedule vaccine doses.

    Juanita Ortega, left, receives a Covid-19 vaccine from registered nurse Anne-Marie Zamora at a pop-up vaccine clinic in Los Angeles. Photograph: Jae C Hong/AP
    Juanita Ortega, left, receives a Covid-19 vaccine from registered nurse Anne-Marie Zamora at a pop-up vaccine clinic in Los Angeles. Photograph: Jae C Hong/AP

    In many major US cities including Chicago, Memphis, and Los Angeles, “pharmacy deserts”, a term used to describe a neighborhood with limited pharmacy access, disproportionately impact Black and Latino residents, cutting off access to vaccine appointments at commercial pharmacies. Similarly, as Black and Latino people are less likely to have insurance, they may have irregular contact with a physician who can provide greater information on how to get vaccinated.

    Some states and municipalities have taken targeted steps to make the vaccination process accessible. Benjamin noted proposals such as going door-to-door to create vaccine appointments, mobile vaccination clinics, and other attempts to create parity among vaccine distribution in many states. New federal initiatives to boost vaccination rates among minorities also include using Black-owned barber shops and hair salons as pop-up vaccination sites and to promote vaccinations as well as providing free Uber and Lyft rides to Covid-19 vaccination sites.

    “It is important to take the vaccine to the community and not have the community [have] to come to the vaccine,” said Benjamin.

    Benjamin also described how the federal government has plans in place to help achieve more equitable distribution.“We have states in the United States that historically do poorly on all health statistics. They’re at the bottom of our health outcomes for heart disease, cancer. They have high poverty rates. It’s going to take longer to get them,” said Benjamin.

    But as Murray noted, in the absence of any US national health system, states, even ones that historically had poor health outcomes concerning minorities or ones that are still struggling to accurately collect vaccine data on minorities, are tasked with closing the vaccine disparity gap.

    Plus, stopgap proposals to boost vaccination rates, especially with a looming 4 July deadline, are temporary solutions in the face of structural issues – like lack of pharmacies in a community – that create and exacerbate vaccine disparity. The use of emergency Covid-19 funding to fund short-term proposals versus sustainable investment in public health infrastructure generally leaves structural inequalities unaddressed in the long-term.

    “That’s like saying, ‘We’re going to hire a few more fire departments for the next year, but if you don’t have a fire department five years from now and there’s a fire, you’re still in trouble’,” said Murray.

    Ultimately, despite some gains in vaccine rates among communities of color, more work needs to be done – now and in the future – to adequately address health inequities pertaining to the vaccine and beyond.

    “There will be another [pandemic] and it won’t be 100 years from now. It will be sooner than that and if we don’t make these investments in our infrastructure now, if we don’t address the racial inequities that exist in our country … then the next pandemic will see the same kinds of inequities,” said Murray."

    Black and Latino communities are left behind in Covid-19 vaccination efforts | Coronavirus | The Guardian

    In Class with Carr, Ep. 66: Critical Race Theory and the Cold Civil War

    White parents claim calculation error after two Black students get high school's top honors: report | TheHill

    White parents claim calculation error after two Black students get high school's top honors: report

    People wonder why I hate the United States? Read this. I experienced this same sort of racism on Staten Island in NYC."A high school in Mississippi is facing accusations of racism for naming two white students co-valedictorian and co-salutatorian after the school had already announced a valedictorian and salutatorian, both of whom are Black. 

    "After West Point High School students Ikeria Washington and Layla Temple were named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, the white parents of two students met with the superintendent of West Point’s school district and raised complaints that the school had not properly calculated criteria to determine the two designations, according to a New York Times report

    After consulting the school's student handbook, West Point's school district's superintendent named the two white students as co-valedictorian and co-salutatorian several days later. 

    Burnell McDonald, the superintendent, told Mississippi Today that race did not play a role in the decision to name a second valedictorian and salutatorian, but instead attributed it to the high school guidance counselor not being given accurate information on how to calculate the designations. 

    However, in interviews with the New York Times, the families of Ikeria Washington and Layla Temple, expressed frustration and confusion with the outcome. The New York Times also reported that the families are considering suing. 

    A spokesperson for West Point's school district was not immediately available for comment.

    According to the Times, the initial grade calculation was based on quality point average, which gives extra weight to grades from advanced placement courses. The second calculation was based on unweighted grade point average. 

    In the increasingly competitive nature of high schools, grades and class designations are only becoming more scrutinized by potential colleges and universities. 

    West Point is not the first school to raise questions around valedictorian designations this year. In May, a high school student in Alpine, Texas, argued that the school did not rank her grades correctly, claiming she did not rank third."

    White parents claim calculation error after two Black students get high school's top honors: report | TheHill

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    Friday, June 11, 2021

    Chris Hayes on Congressman Ilhan Omar’s call for justice for victims of war crimes


    NYT: Trump DOJ seized Apple data from top Dems, their family members

    Independent Watchdog Launches Inquiry into Trump-Era Seizure of Lawmakers’ Data. The announcement from the Justice Department’s independent inspector general followed one by Senate Democrats, who announced that they would open their own investigation into the Trump Justice Department’s decision to go after records associated with Congress.

    Independent Watchdog Launches Inquiry into Trump-Era Seizure of Lawmakers’ Data

    The announcement from the Justice Department’s independent inspector general followed one by Senate Democrats, who announced that they would open their own investigation into the Trump Justice Department’s decision to go after records associated with Congress.

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    Rep. Eric Swalwell of California was one of at least two Democrats on the Intelligence Committee whose records were seized.
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    The Justice Department’s independent inspector general opened an inquiry on Friday into the Trump administration’s secret seizure of data from House Democrats and reporters as prosecutors sought to hunt down the sources of leaks of classified information.

    In a statement, Michael E. Horowitz, the inspector general, announced he would review the department’s use of subpoenas and other legal maneuvers to secretly access communications records of Democratic lawmakers, aides, and at least one family member, which was first reported on Thursday by The New York Times.

    Mr. Horowitz also said he will look at other recently disclosed actions to secretly seize data about reporters. The Biden Justice Department in recent weeks has disclosed that prosecutors during the Trump administration also sought and obtained phone records for journalists at The Washington Post, CNN, and The New York Times and then sought to stop the information from becoming public.

    “The review will examine the department’s compliance with applicable D.O.J. policies and procedures, and whether any such uses, or the investigations, were based upon improper considerations,” Mr. Horowitz said.

    Hours earlier, top Senate Democrats had also announced that they would open their own investigation into the Trump Justice Department’s decision to go after records associated with Congress. They demanded public testimony from former Attorney General William P. Barr and other Justice Department officials.

    “This issue should not be partisan; under the Constitution, Congress is a coequal branch of government and must be protected from an overreaching executive, and we expect that our Republican colleagues will join us in getting to the bottom of this serious matter,” said Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the majority leader, and Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    They called on Republicans to join them in demanding answers, but so far none have.

    Mr. Horowitz’s announcement followed a referral by the deputy attorney general, Lisa O. Monaco, according to a senior Justice Department official; Attorney General Merrick B. Garland directed Ms. Monaco to take that step, the official said. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also called for an inspector general investigation.

    The two investigations came as Democrats and privacy advocates decried the seizures and aggressive investigative tactics as a gross abuse of power to target another branch of government. They said the pursuit of information on some of President Donald J. Trump’s most visible political adversaries in Congress smacked of dangerous politicization.

    The Times reported that as it hunted for the source of leaks about Trump associates and Russia, the Justice Department had used grand jury subpoenas to compel Apple and one other service provider to hand over data tied to at least a dozen people associated with the House Intelligence Committee beginning in 2017 and 2018. The department then secured a gag order to keep it secret.

    Though leak investigations are routine, current and former officials at the Justice Department and in Congress said seizing data on lawmakers is nearly unheard-of outside of corruption investigations. The Times also reported that after an initial round of scrutiny did not turn up evidence tying the intelligence committee to the leaks, Mr. Barr objected to closing out the inquiry and helped revive it.

    Investigators gained access to the records of Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the committee and now its chairman; Representative Eric Swalwell of California; committee staff aides; and family members of lawmakers and aides, including one who was a minor.

    “I hope every prosecutor who was involved in this is thrown out of the department,” Mr. Swalwell said in an interview on Friday. “It crosses the line of what we do in this country.”

    Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced on Friday that the Justice Department would double its staff within the Civil Rights Division dedicated to protecting voting rights.Pool photo by Stefani Reynolds

    Attorney General Merrick B. Garland laid out a detailed plan on Friday for protecting voting rights, announcing that the Justice Department would double enforcement staff on the issue, scrutinize new laws that seek to curb voter access and act if it sees a violation of federal law. 

    Mr. Garland announced his plan as Republican-led state legislatures push to enact new restrictive voting laws, and amid dwindling chances for sweeping federal voter protection laws introduced by Democrats.

    “To meet the challenge of the current moment, we must rededicate the resources of the Department of Justice to a critical part of its original mission: enforcing federal law to protect the franchise for all eligible voters,” Mr. Garland said in an address at the department. 

    The Justice Department will also scrutinize current laws and practices to determine whether they discriminate against nonwhite voters, he said. It was not clear how many people work on voting rights enforcement, nor what the total would be after the department adds to the staffing levels.

    In more than a dozen states, at least 22 new laws have been passed that make it more difficult to vote, according to the Brennan Center for Justice, a progressive public policy institute that is part of the New York University School of Law.

    Mr. Garland also said that the department was monitoring the use of unorthodox postelection audits that could undermine faith in the nation’s ability to host free and fair elections, adding that some jurisdictions have used disinformation to justify such audits. 

    “Many of the justifications proffered in support of these postelection audits and restrictions on voting have relied on assertions of material vote fraud in the 2020 election that have been refuted by the law enforcement and intelligence agencies of both this administration and the previous one, as well as by every court — federal and state — that has considered them,” Mr. Garland said.

    The department’s Civil Rights Division has sent a letter expressing concerns that one of those audits may have violated the Civil Rights Act, Mr. Garland said, in part because it could violate a provision in the act that bars voter intimidation. He did not specify which state, but in Arizona, a weekslong audit is widely seenas a partisan exercise to nurse grievances about Donald J. Trump’s election loss.

    The Justice Department will publish guidance explaining the civil and criminal statutes that apply to postelection audits and guidance on early voting and voting by mail, and will work with other agencies to combat disinformation.

    Democrats have sued over some new voting laws, but that litigation could take years to resolve and may have little power to stop those laws from affecting upcoming elections. 

    Two major federal election bills  — the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act — are also the subject of fierce debate in Congress. 

    Earlier this week, Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, said that he would oppose the For the People Act, dashing hopes among progressives that the far-reaching bill intended to fight voter suppression would become law. 

    Mr. Garland has said that protecting the right to vote is one of his top priorities as attorney general, and his top lieutenants include high-profile voting rights advocates such as Vanita Gupta, the department’s No. 3 official, and Kristen Clarke, the head of the Civil Rights Division. 

    Ms. Clarke’s long career advocating on behalf of voting rights protections — including at the N.A.A.C.P. Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the New York attorney general’s office and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law — will make her a key player in the Justice Department’s work to preserve voting access. 

    But that work is made more difficult by a 2013 Supreme Court decision that struck down pieces of the Voting Rights Act that forced states with legacies of racial discrimination to receive Justice Department approval before they could change their voting laws.”

    Vaccination rates fall off, imperiling Biden’s July Fourth goal - The Washington Post

    Vaccination rates fall off, imperiling Biden’s July Fourth goal

    "The ‘last mile’ of delivering coronavirus shots has become a marathon, with health officials showing up at stores, parks and factories to entice people who might not go to vaccination sites

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    Plummeting vaccination rates have turned what officials hoped would be the “last mile” of the coronavirus immunization campaign into a marathon, threatening President Biden’s goal of getting shots to at least 70 percent of adults by July 4.

    The United States is averaging fewer than 1 million shots per day, a decline of more than two-thirds from the peak of 3.4 million in April, according to The Washington Post’s seven-day analysis, even though all adults and children over age 12 are now eligible.

    Small armies of health workers and volunteers often outnumber the people showing up to get shots at clinics around the country, from a drive-through site in Chattanooga, Tenn., to a gymnasium in Provo, Utah, or a park in Raleigh, N.C.

    Johns Hopkins University Epidemiologist Gypsyamber D'Souza explains how the U.S. can reach coronavirus herd immunity and what happens if that goal is missed. (John Farrell/The Washington Post)

    The slowdown is national — with every state down at least two-thirds from its peak — and particularly felt across the South and Midwest. Twelve states, including Utah, Oklahoma, Montana, the Dakotas and West Virginia, have seen vaccinations fall below 15 daily shots per 10,000 residents; Alabama had just four people per 10,000 residents get vaccinated last week.

    But the picture varies considerably across the country: Thirteen mostly East and West Coast states have already vaccinated 70 percent of adult residents, and an additional 15 states, plus D.C., are over 60 percent and will likely reach Biden’s goal.

    The rest are lagging behind. Tennessee and five other states are at 50 percent or below and vaccinating at such low rates that meeting the president’s threshold is very unlikely.

    The steep decline began in mid-April, coinciding with federal officials’ temporary suspension of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine while they probed rare blood-clotting reactions. That slowdown has continued, with only 2.4 million adults getting their first shot last week. Officials must get a first dose to 4.2 million adults per week to meet Biden’s goal of ensuring that 70 percent of adults are at least partially vaccinated by Independence Day.

    Complicating the push: Health officials have already reached the “low-hanging fruit — those people who absolutely want to get vaccinated without you telling them anything,” Anthony S. Fauci, the government’s top infectious-diseases expert, said on a White House-organized call with community leaders on Friday. “You’re left with a group that you may need … trusted messengers who go out there and explain to them why it’s critical for themselves, for their family.”

    Polls have found that about one-third of Americans have no immediate plans to get vaccinated, with some holdouts saying their skepticism has intensified over time and others arguing the issue is moot because the pandemic has receded in the United States. Public health experts say the nation needs widespread immunity to prevent a resurgence of cases later this year.

    Fifteen months after the New Orleans’ French Quarter was completely shut down, visitors and music are slowly returning. (Robert Ray/The Washington Post)

    The slowdown has prompted a flurry of advertising, lotteries and promotions to win over holdouts, even as the list of incentives for people getting shots has ballooned almost to the point of parody. West Virginia officials are offering a chance to win rifles. Multiple businesses have promised treats such as free beer, doughnuts and marijuana. Residents of several states now compete for million-dollar cash prizes inspecial lotteries.

    Recognizing the challenge — and the risk of missing the goal — Biden officials have mobilized thousands of organizations and volunteers.

    “We need to bring the vaccines to where people are and answer the questions that people have,” Jeff Zients, the White House coronavirus coordinator, told reporters Thursday. “And we are confident that more and more people will get vaccinated, leading up to the Fourth of July.”

    The White House last week announced a “month of action” with an array of initiatives, including a partnership with Black-owned barbershops and salons to raise awareness of the vaccines, a “Mayors Challenge” for 79 cities to compete on vaccination rates, and free child care for those getting the shots. It also lined up more than 2,000 events this weekend across every state, tapping community groups, advocacy organizations and celebrities such as singer Ciara, athlete Russell Wilson, and comedians Desus and Mero to trumpet pro-vaccination messages, a White House spokesperson said.

    Beyond the political stakes, public health officials say achieving widespread immunity remains essential to protect still-unvaccinated Americans, who continue to contract the virus at elevated rates, even as total cases dwindle. Reaching that goal is also thought to be necessary to prevent a resurgence of the virus this winter or next year.

    Jennifer Kates, who leads global health policy for the Kaiser Family Foundation, said she’s worried about lagging vaccination rates in some states, warning of broader risks to Americans if the virus takes hold among unvaccinated people and mutates into more contagious or lethal forms.

    ‘If we get 10, we’re ecstatic’

    If Biden’s goal is met next month, it will be due to the sustained efforts of health officials in places like Chattanooga, where more than half of the county’s 370,000 residents remain unvaccinated.

    The drive-through vaccination site here, set up by Hamilton County officials on the southern bank of the Tennessee River, is a serene place to fight a global pandemic: waterfront walking paths and gardens bursting with flowers — and perhaps most important, no waiting for the roughly 200 people who got coronavirus vaccines on a recent Wednesday.

    But it’s also the only clinic still operated by the county, which administered as many as 16,000 doses per week across three sites in February but is down to just 1,500 shots per week now. Officials are opting instead for smaller, targeted pop-ups ― like temporary sites at Chattanooga’s weekend music festival and a popular Hispanic supermarket — that can reach community holdouts who wouldn’t make plans to visit a clinic.

    “As the numbers have dwindled down, we’ve pivoted,” said Fernando Urrego, Hamilton County’s interim health officer. “We now know that we’re not going to be able to give out 1,000 vaccines in one day in these pockets. If we get 10, we’re ecstatic. If we get 15, it’s a good day. It’s still a lot of effort for low yield, but we’re okay with that.”

    Officials in Utah County, south of Salt Lake City, are making similar trade-offs. Fewer than a third of people in this predominantly young and conservative-leaning community are fully vaccinated, among the lowest rates in the state. Yet health officials, who once maintained four vaccination locations, are cutting back to just a single large one: a gymnasium in a former high school in centrally located Provo, staffed by roughly three dozen health department workers and volunteers on a recent Wednesday. Instead, they’re increasingly relying on mobile units intended to target underserved communities.

    “We can’t control the demand on the vaccine, so we can’t force 70 percent or even 50 percent of people to get the vaccine,” said Tyler Plewe, deputy director of the Utah County Health Department.

    Mindy Gee, 43, of Pleasant Grove, said she was surprised there weren’t more people in the gymnasium lining up with her for a second shot. As she waited out her 15 minutes after receiving it, she said she knows many people who regard the vaccines with suspicion.

    “In certain circles, it’s almost shameful to have gotten the vaccine,” she said. “It’s completely bonkers to me.”

    Making the shots convenient

    Health providers in Oklahoma, where 54 percent of adults have gotten one shot, also have seen demand slow to a trickle.

    Greg Clyde, a bowtie-wearing independent pharmacist in Oklahoma City, said that when he began administering coronavirus vaccines in February, he was inundated by hundreds of phone calls requesting appointments — so much so that he invested in a new phone system. In all, he spent about $5,000 on new equipment, including a freezer and an extra refrigerator to store vaccine vials, and hired three new full- and part-time workers to help administer up to 280 shots per week, with almost 1,000 people on the waiting list.

    But with so few customers now seeking vaccinations at his drugstore — no more than a dozen adults per week, Clyde said — he agreed to administer shots to nearly 100 employees of a major Oklahoma City-area automotive dealer last week.

    Trying to win over holdouts, officials in a growing number of states have turned to text-message campaigns, public service announcements and other efforts.

    In North Carolina — which has also given at least one shot to 54 percent of adults — officials announced the “Let’s Bring Summer Back” campaign, setting up dozens of sites to administer vaccines, including a health fair located outside state health department headquarters in Raleigh’s Dorothea Dix Park. On a recent Friday, people who stopped by the fair to get vaccinated could also get a free Frisbee, pick up complimentary vaccine-branded gear or buy an ice cream cone from one of the food trucks recruited for the occasion.

    “My job is to make this convenient,” said North Carolina Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen, who oversaw the event decked out in a “I took my shot” T-shirt. The fair was one of about 50 vaccination sites within 10 miles, Cohen said. “I want people to be tripping over opportunities to get vaccinated.”

    The drop-in event did lure some vaccine holdouts, who proffered a range of reasons for why they hadn’t gotten immunized. Chris Johnson, a 44-year-old construction worker with peripheral artery disease, said he’d worried about the risk of long-term effects from the new vaccines and wanted to see how others responded first. Jalen Preston, an 18-year-old high school student, had been looking for a site that administered the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine; his mother, Jamila Robinson, said she had been worried about her son receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after seeing reports of the pause.

    Javier Sharpe, a 21-year-old who balances a job with classes at nearby Wake Technical Community College, said he appreciated that he didn’t need an appointment.

    “It was on the way to where I was going,” Sharpe said.

    Officials in states that have already met Biden’s goal say they’ve also seen demand slow — albeit much further along in their race to immunize everyone.

    “We are down to the last quarter-mile,” said Nirav Shah, director of the state Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Maine, where about 75 percent of adults have received at least one shot.

    Shah said his team is also more focused on meeting small numbers of people inplaces like doctors’ offices and schools, rather than mass vaccination sites.

    “The thresholds have changed,” he said. “I wanted 200 at each clinic two to three months ago. Now I will send a nurse or nurses if you have 10 people at your mosque or church.”

    “We are not unfurling a ‘mission accomplished’ banner,” he added. “It’s still all systems go.”

    Chris Moody reported from Chattanooga, Tenn.; Dan Diamond from Raleigh, N.C.; and Dan Keating from D.C. Andrew Becker in Utah County, Utah; Bobby Ross in Oklahoma City; and Frances Stead Sellers in D.C. also contributed to this report."

    Vaccination rates fall off, imperiling Biden’s July Fourth goal - The Washington Post

    Thursday, June 10, 2021

    Which Groups Are Still Dying of Covid in the U.S.? - The New York Times

    Which Groups Are Still Dying of Covid in the U.S.?

    The New York Times
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    Deaths from Covid-19 have dropped 90 percent in the United States since their peak in January, according to provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    As the nation reopens and restrictions are lifted, however, the virus continues to kill hundreds of people daily. By late May, there were still nearly 2,500 weekly deaths attributed to Covid-19.

    More than half of the U.S. population has received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, and it’s the remaining unvaccinated population that is driving the lingering deaths, experts say.

    After the first vaccines were authorized for emergency use in December, with priority given to senior populations before younger groups, the share of those dying who were 75 or older started dropping immediately.

    In turn, younger populations began to make up higher shares of Covid-19 deaths compared with their shares at the peak of the pandemic — a trend that continued when vaccine eligibility opened up to all adults. While the number of deaths dropped in all age groups, about half of Covid-19 deaths are now of people aged 50 to 74, compared with only a third in December.

    “Previously, at the start of the pandemic, we were seeing people who were over the age of 60, who have numerous comorbidities,” said Dr. Krutika Kuppalli, an infectious disease expert at the Medical University of South Carolina. “I’m not seeing that as much anymore.” Instead, she said, hospitalizations have lately been skewing toward “people who are younger, people who have not been vaccinated.”

    More than 80 percent of those 65 and older have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, compared with about half of those aged 25 to 64 who have received one dose. Data collected by the C.D.C. on so-called breakthrough infections — those that happen to vaccinated people — suggest an exceedingly low rate of death among people who had received a Covid-19 vaccine.

    “I still think the narrative, unfortunately, is out there with younger people that they can’t suffer the adverse events related to Covid,” said Dr. Kuppalli, who added that young people can indeed still experience severe consequences from the virus.

    Still, those 50 and older continue to make up the bulk of Covid-19 deaths. Among that cohort, white Americans are driving the shifts in death patterns. At the height of the pandemic, those who were white and aged 75 and older accounted for more than half of all Covid-19 deaths. Now, they make up less than a third.

    Middle-aged populations of all racial groups are making up a higher share of Covid-19 deaths compared with their shares in December.

    The extent of the drop in deaths, however, is not uniform across the board, and cumulative vaccination rates among Black and Hispanic populations continue to lag behind those of Asian and white populations, according to demographic data released by the C.D.C.

    The steepest declines have been with older white patients, and also Asians under 30, a group whose weekly Covid-19 deaths were in the single digits even during the height of the pandemic.

    The remaining deaths are mainly driven by those who have yet to be vaccinated, Dr. Kuppalli said, describing two main groups within this population: those who choose to not get vaccinated because of misinformation and politicization around the vaccine, and those who remain unvaccinated because of other factors, including access.

    “I think we still have work to do with that population. Particularly in difficult to reach populations, such as rural populations, ethnic and racial minority populations, homeless populations, people who don’t access medical care.”

    Covid-19 deaths are still prevalent in certain groups.

    While deaths from the virus in nursing homes have dropped more than 90 percent since December, about 200 people per week are still dying of Covid-19 in the facilities, comprising seven percent of all deaths from the virus nationwide.

    The share of Covid-19 death records mentioning conditions like diabetes and hypertensive diseases have also stayed similar to their shares during the height of the pandemic.

    While there is no longer a large epicenter, death rates are still high in small pockets across the nation.

    Source: New York Times database of reports from state and local health agencies and hospitals | Note: Deaths include both confirmed and probable deaths from Covid-19. Data are as of May 22.
    Source: New York Times database of reports from state and local health agencies and hospitals | Note: Deaths include both confirmed and probable deaths from Covid-19. Data are as of May 22.

    “It may be something that lingers with us for quite some time,” said Dr. Gavin Harris, who works in the intensive care units at Emory University Hospital. “If we don’t get to 75 percent, 70 percent people who have vaccinations, we’re going to see a sizable number of deaths for quite a substantial period of time.”

    Which Groups Are Still Dying of Covid in the U.S.? - The New York Times