Here’s some good news to get you started this morning: California has fewer COVID-19 infections than any other state in the nation.
This was announced by federal officials, who on Wednesday put the state’s current number of coronavirus infections as the lowest in the country.
Of course there are mandates for masks and other credit measures, but what we are most grateful for is the high level of vaccination protection in the Golden State.
More than 82 percent of Californians aged 12 and over have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Only nine countries have vaccinated the majority of their population.
The delta boom is a real experiment on the effectiveness of a vaccine that appears to be helping Governor Gavin Newsom hold out in Tuesday’s election. Especially areas with high vaccination rates are protected from the virus.
And in California, delta widening does something else: higher vaccination rates.
The number of people vaccinated here begins to decline in June, but then increases when the delta peaks in late July. Finally, about 1.6 million Californians received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine in August, compared with 1.1 million in July.
It is difficult to pinpoint exactly what is causing the increase in vaccination. California recently made vaccines mandatory for government officials, teachers, and health workers. There are new indications of strong vaccination protection, also against the Delta variant.
Some Californians may have been coaxed into getting the shot after seeing the immediate damage the virus was causing. We’ve all heard stories of people hospitalized with COVID-19 who had difficulty breathing and wanted to get a vaccine.
Since early August, California’s steepest vaccination increases have occurred in the San Joaquin Valley, the Sacramento region and remote Northern California, the parts of the state hardest hit by recent coronavirus cases.
These areas have lower vaccination rates so they have more room to grow. However, some people may also be affected by severe hospitalization in their community.
“The question is: ‘Why did you make a different decision than you made today in the last few months?’ said UCSF epidemiologist Dr. Kirsten Bibins-Domingo.” “Unfortunately, I think fear is a little motivating.”
Bibins-Domingo told me he believes social pressure, access to community and availability of photos also play a role in who gets vaccinated. The coming months will tell which strategies have worked best as California health officials try to encourage inmates to get vaccinated.
Even in communities with high vaccination rates, the delta option is too contagious to eradicate, Bibbins-Domingo said. But shooting will remain an important part of reducing future attacks.
“Everything starts and ends with vaccinations. That doesn’t mean that once you cross the magic threshold, the virus magically disappears,” he told me. “How many people are vaccinated?” charged – it’s about the number of obstacles you can put against the attack. ”
Los Angeles county officials said Wednesday that proof of vaccination will be required to enter bars, clubs and other drinking establishments starting next month.
Contra Costa County announced earlier this week that customers at bars, restaurants and gyms will be required to show vaccination cards. San Francisco already has a similar mandate.
People who have not been vaccinated are 11 times more likely to die than from COVID-19.
View COVID-19 rates in your California area using our coronavirus tracking tool. Or find out more about global trends in the spread of the coronavirus here.
Researchers start studies every year to look at any possible link between vaccinations and irregular periods.
California’s lowest vaccination district is likely to vote in favor of Newsham’s opposition, according to an analysis by the Los Angeles Times.