Dr. Brannon Traxler is the Public Health Director for South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Services. She is concerned about the Delta variant. The Delta variant carries a higher rate of transmission. The variant also has a greater chance of severe disease than other COVID-19 variants.
She is begging younger adults to get vaccinated.
“In South Carolina, only 17,000 South Carolinians age 20-24 have received at least one shot, which is by far the lowest vaccination number for any eligible age group in the state. We need to change that. The Delta variant especially can be dangerous even for this age group. In addition, unvaccinated young adults could carry the variant and pass it to their parents, grandparents, and other vulnerable people in our communities.”
The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are 88 percent effective after a person receives both doses of the vaccine.
Nursing homes had a 32% spike in overall mortality rate among Medicare residents during 2020. Deaths jumped by 169,291 from the previous year, before the coronavirus appeared. The recent OIG report stated that about 4 in 10 Medicare recipients in nursing homes had or likely had COVID-19 in 2020.
Let’s make sure 2021 is better. Get vaccinated now.