The latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic for Saturday, June 25, 2022.
Army Guard troops risk dismissal as vaccine deadline approaches
Up to 40,000 Army National Guard soldiers across the country – or about 13% of the force – have not yet received a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine, and as the deadline for gunfire threatens, at least 14,000 of them have flatly refused and could be forced out of the service.
Guards have until next Thursday to get the vaccine. Data obtained by The Associated Press show that between 20% and 30% of Guards soldiers in six states are not vaccinated, and more than 10% in 43 other states still need shots.
Across the country, in all but one case, guard soldiers are being vaccinated at a higher rate than the general population in their state. In New Jersey alone, the percentage of vaccinated Guard solders is very slightly lower than the state’s total population, as earlier in the month when the data was collected.
The three U.S. territories – the Virgin Islands, Guam and Puerto Rico – and the District of Columbia, all have more than 90% of their soldiers fully vaccinated. The highest percentage is in Hawaii, with almost 97%, while the lowest is Oklahoma with just under 70%.
Guard leaders say states are doing everything they can to encourage soldiers to be vaccinated within the deadline.
CDC maps show 4 counties in southern Indiana at ‘high risk’ of spreading COVID-19
On Saturday, June 25, 2022, the counties of Crawford, Floyd, Harrison and Washington – all of southern Indiana – were listed on CDC data card as having a “high” societal risk of spreading COVID-19, while 15 other counties (Bartholomew, Blackford, Clark, Decatur, Dubois, Henry, Fountain, Jackson, Jennings, Knox, Lawrence, Orange, Pike, Shelby, and Warrick) was listed as “intermediate” risks.
For the week, Indiana reported 37 COVID-19 deaths and 8,937 new cases.
Latest American, world numbers
There have been more than 86.9 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States at 06.00 ONE SATURDAY, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 1,015 million deaths have been recorded in the United States
Worldwide, there have been more than 542.92 million confirmed coronavirus cases with more than 6.32 million deaths and more than 11.64 billion administered vaccine doses.
For most people, coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms. For some, especially older adults and people with pre-existing health problems, it can cause more serious illness such as pneumonia or death.
COVID-19 vaccines saved nearly 20 million lives worldwide, scientists say
Nearly 20 million lives were saved by COVID-19 vaccines during their first year, but even more deaths could have been prevented if international targets for the shots had been reached, researchers reported Thursday.
The researchers used data from 185 countries to estimate that vaccines prevented 4.2 million COVID-19 deaths in India, 1.9 million in the United States, 1 million in Brazil, 631,000 in France and 507,000 in the United Kingdom.
An additional 600,000 deaths would have been prevented if the World Health Organization’s target of 40% vaccination coverage had been met by the end of 2021, according to study published Thursday in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases.
The main finding – 19.8 million COVID-19 deaths were prevented – is based on estimates of how many more deaths than usual occurred during the time period. Using only reported COVID-19 deaths, the same model yielded 14.4 million deaths averted by vaccines.
Appointments are encouraged for parents who want to have young children vaccinated
The Indiana Department of Health is asking Hoosier’s parents to get vaccination appointments for their children. The request is for parents of children between 6 months and 5 years.
Parents can contact the vaccine site listed at www.ourshot.in.gov or call 211 for assistance.
Hoosier children, teens below the national average for COVID-19 vaccines
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionthe percentage of vaccinated children ages 5-17 in Indiana falls well below the rate across the state.
About 20% of Indiana children ages 5-11 are fully vaccinated, compared to about 30% nationwide. For Hoosier children aged 12-17, about 43% are fully vaccinated, compared to about 60% nationwide.
The White House offers another 8 free COVID-19 tests to the public
The government’s website, where people can request free COVID-19 home tests from the US government, is now accepting a third round of orders.
The White House recently announced that U.S. households can request an additional eight free home tests to be sent by the U.S. Postal Service.
In January, President Joe Biden pledged to make 1 billion tests available to the public free of charge, including 500 million available via covidtests.gov. But only 350 million of the amount available to order online has to date been sent to addresses across the continental United States, its territories and overseas military bases, the White House said.
People who have difficulty getting online or need help placing an order can call 1-800-232-0233 for assistance.
The third round brings the total number of free tests available to each U.S. household to 16 since the program began earlier this year. Households were eligible to receive four tests in each of two previous ordering rounds via the website.
2. COVID-19 boostershot available for Hoosiers 50 and up
The Indiana Department of Health announced that Hoosiers 50 years of age and older, as well as those 12 and older with weakened immune systems, are now eligible to receive another mRNA COVID-19 booster shot at least four months after their first booster dose.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the extra shot as an option, but stopped calling on those entitled to hurry out and get it right away.
IDOH advises vaccine providers to start administering other boosters of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to qualified individuals.
The CDC also says that adults who received a primary vaccine and booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least four months ago can now receive a second booster dose of both mRNA vaccines.
You can find a vaccine site at ourshot.in.gov or by calling Indiana 211 (866-211-9966). Appointments are recommended, but many places accept walk-ins.