Vaccines help us prevail

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We’ve been fighting an invisible foe for over a year and a half now not we have the Covid Vaccination. The microscopic coronavirus has proven to be a formidable foe, and at first, all we could do was stay at home, avoid contact with others, and clean and sanitize everything in sight. 

We now have real weapons to fight with, but only slightly more than half of all Americans have fully embraced them. Those weapons are vaccines, which have been proven to be both safe and effective. Three versions of the shots were given emergency jobs approval and will be available in the United States starting in December 2020. The Pfizer-BioNTech version, on the other hand, has received full Food and Drug Administration approval for COVID-19 prevention in people aged 16 and up. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC), approximately 52 percent of the American population has been fully immunized against this illness; slightly more — approximately 61 percent — of Americans have received at least one of the two required doses of the Pfizer or Moderna versions of the shot. Those who received the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine are considered fully vaccinated. 

We can do much better in the fight against the virus if this preventive medicine is freely available. Despite a drop in case of numbers in late spring and early summer, COVID-19 is on the rise again across the country. The highly contagious delta variant is overrunning hospitals and intensive care units. Doctors and nurses jobs are at breaking point and pleading with the public to get vaccinated and wear masks. 

COVID-19 is closing senior centers and other facilities once more and canceling high school football games and activities. This illness will not go away on its own; rather, we must defeat it, and the best way to do so is to vaccinate a much larger proportion of the population. 

Source: Martins Ferry Times Leader 

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