'Please get your second shot,' top health official urges as Delta variant remains a pressing threat

Dr. Ala Stanford formed the Black Doctors Covid-19 Consortium to bring testing and vaccinations to communities of color hit hard by the pandemic in her hometown of Philadelphia. She also sat down with a group of students who raised concerns and asked what's actually in the vaccine.

Posted: Jun 28, 2021 3:07 PM
Updated: Jun 28, 2021 3:12 PM


America is in a far better place now than it was six months ago in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic, with overall cases and deaths down, according to the latest data.

It shows that vaccines are effective, experts say, although they have some protection limitations when faced with more aggressive virus variants.

The Delta variant, which can spread more easily and cause even more severe disease than other strains, has been a major concern for health experts who are worried about those who remain unvaccinated.

That variant, first identified in India, has been found in 49 states and Washington, D.C., according to GISAID, an independent data sharing initiative, and the Hawaii Department of Health. South Dakota did not report cases of the variant as of Wednesday, a state health department spokesperson told CNN.

To be sure, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said there's a low chance people who are fully vaccinated may get infected with virus variants.

And any illness could be shorter or milder if one is fully vaccinated-- but the keyword is "fully" because a second shot is essential for optimal protection against variants.

"Please get your second shot," CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Friday in an interview with the National Public Radio.

"What we do know is you get some protection from the first shot, but really that second shot gives you breadth and depth of vaccine coverage to really be able to tackle this Delta variant and other variants as well."

More than one in 10 people in the US who received one dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine have missed their second dose, according to CDC data.

"If you missed your second within the time window, get it whenever, get it now, but do get that second shot," Walensky added.

In Los Angeles County, 99.8% of the 12,234 people who died from Covid-19 since December 2020 were unvaccinated, local health data shows.

"The virus is still with us," Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said at a news conference Thursday. "Even now, we need to be careful to mask and maintain distance from people outside of our households, especially if they're not yet vaccinated.''

President Joe Biden took note of the variant's dangerousness in remarks Thursday, warning that the variant is "now the most common variant in America."

"And unvaccinated people are incredibly vulnerable," he said, underscoring that the Delta variant is "more easily transmittable," and "potentially deadlier and especially dangerous to young people."

In the US overall, the Delta variant has accounted for about 21% of cases in the two weeks ending June 19, according to CDC data.

More than 151.6 million Americans are fully vaccinated, according to CDC data on Friday, which is nearly 45.7% of the total US population.

Nearly 65.8% of adults in America have had at least one dose of a vaccine as of Friday, according to the CDC. Biden's goal of 70% of adults with at least one dose by July 4 is all but likely to fall short, as officials are currently targeting mid-July.

Distribution of some antibody treatments are paused due to variants

It's not only the Delta variant that is complicating matters for health care providers.

The increase of cases due to the Gamma or P.1 variant first identified in Brazil, and the Beta or B.1.351 variant first identified in South Africa, are being cited as the reason for a pause in nationwide distribution of certain monoclonal antibody treatments from Eli Lilly, according to an announcement on Friday from the US Health and Human Services Department (HHS).

The monoclonal antibody treatment of etesevimab, as well as a combination treatment of etesevimab and bamlanivimab, don't work as well with the variants, according to the HHS statement.

In May, federal regulators had paused the distribution of these treatments to eight states where there were a high number of variant cases. Eli Lilly's single monoclonal antibody treatment bamlanivimab was put on pause in March. In April, the company had asked the FDA to revoke its emergency use authorization of the single antibody treatment, so it could focus on its combination treatment.

The Beta and Gamma variants now make up at least 11% of the cases in the US, and case numbers are increasing, according to CDC data.

Rare heart risk warning is added to 2 vaccine fact sheets

Meanwhile, the US Food and Drug Administration added a warning about the risk of the heart inflamations known as myocarditis and pericarditis to fact sheets for Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines Friday.

The warning notes that reports of adverse events following vaccination suggest increased risks of both types of inflammation, particularly after the second dose.

Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle and pericarditis is inflammation of tissue surrounding the heart.

Vaccine advisers to the CDC met Wednesday and said there is a likely association between the mRNA Covid-19 vaccines and rare cases of heart inflammation in adolescents and young adults.

However, the risk is rare: Following about 300 million administered doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines through June 11, the CDC has received roughly 1,200 preliminary reports of myocarditis and pericarditis.

Advisers urged that the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks, and almost all the cases resolved with little treatment and patients recovered quickly.

The FDA is advising those who receive one of the two vaccines to seek immediate medical attention if they experience "chest pain, shortness of breath, or feelings of having a fast-beating, fluttering, or pounding heart after vaccination."

Both the FDA and CDC are monitoring reports of these adverse events and will follow up to assess longer-term outcomes, the FDA noted.

The-CNN-Wire
™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 926604

Reported Deaths: 15083
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion1262201958
Lake626901087
Allen52772747
Hamilton43283445
St. Joseph41475584
Elkhart33129488
Vanderburgh29927439
Tippecanoe26589247
Johnson23267415
Hendricks21902340
Porter21473341
Clark17150224
Madison17065379
Vigo15815273
Monroe14298190
LaPorte14108237
Delaware13771219
Howard13635262
Kosciusko11232134
Hancock10637160
Warrick10523176
Bartholomew10341167
Floyd10200202
Wayne9690218
Grant8939196
Morgan8734158
Boone8299109
Dubois7596123
Henry7469128
Dearborn745187
Noble7294101
Marshall7237128
Cass7097117
Lawrence6862150
Shelby6457107
Jackson643981
Gibson6036106
Harrison595585
Huntington591891
Montgomery5706102
DeKalb563591
Knox537599
Miami531983
Clinton527164
Putnam525367
Whitley516251
Steuben486367
Wabash477492
Jasper471961
Jefferson461991
Ripley444175
Adams439365
Daviess4064106
Scott394963
White386257
Clay382356
Greene380189
Wells379683
Decatur379595
Fayette367176
Posey354941
Jennings346356
Washington325847
LaGrange315774
Spencer313034
Fountain309753
Randolph305487
Sullivan299447
Owen279161
Starke272761
Orange272659
Fulton268851
Jay250634
Perry247451
Carroll241127
Franklin233637
Vermillion229750
Rush228930
Parke215220
Tipton206754
Pike202538
Blackford165634
Pulaski158751
Crawford142818
Newton140742
Benton139816
Brown132646
Martin126916
Switzerland123510
Warren113416
Union93511
Ohio77211
Unassigned0468

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1342777

Reported Deaths: 21471
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin1502191556
Cuyahoga1327732318
Hamilton962791318
Montgomery659161136
Summit555141045
Lucas50248862
Butler46732653
Stark40741974
Lorain31004529
Warren29609328
Mahoning26462637
Clermont25206287
Lake24339416
Delaware22014143
Licking20180241
Fairfield20139221
Greene19955268
Trumbull19500508
Medina19478286
Clark17565325
Richland15949231
Portage15851228
Wood15438208
Allen13875256
Miami13549249
Muskingum12261149
Wayne11647237
Columbiana11344239
Tuscarawas10657265
Marion10509148
Pickaway10301128
Scioto10082126
Erie9618171
Ross9209174
Lawrence8516116
Hancock8298141
Ashtabula8180185
Geauga8066155
Belmont7966184
Jefferson7324168
Huron7253127
Union717849
Washington7037119
Athens681064
Sandusky6734133
Darke6559136
Knox6475121
Seneca6237137
Ashland5808112
Auglaize580488
Shelby5654101
Mercer552190
Brown551068
Defiance5361100
Madison535170
Crawford5299114
Highland527581
Fulton520082
Clinton515980
Logan503182
Preble4902110
Putnam4778106
Guernsey454661
Williams448281
Champaign436264
Perry432152
Ottawa431184
Jackson413260
Pike378941
Morrow369150
Fayette367652
Coshocton359466
Hardin350069
Adams348069
Gallia338054
Holmes3197108
Henry318868
Van Wert307170
Hocking291669
Wyandot276158
Carroll256752
Paulding236442
Meigs205242
Monroe185049
Noble164840
Morgan159228
Harrison151940
Vinton133918
Unassigned05
Fort Wayne
Partly Cloudy
69° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 69°
Angola
Partly Cloudy
66° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 66°
Huntington
Partly Cloudy
69° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 69°
Decatur
Partly Cloudy
69° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 69°
Van Wert
Partly Cloudy
69° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 69°
Monday is a wet and stormy start to the work week
WFFT Radar
WFFT Temperatures
WFFT National

Community Events