In Colorado, most of those who are eligible to get vaccinated against Covid-19 infact

Twenty-six states in the US have fully vaccinated more than half of their population, federal data shows, but some hospitals are still filling up with Covid-19 patients who did not get their shots.

In Colorado, most of those who are eligible to get vaccinated against Covid-19 have received at least one dose so far, Gov. Jared Polis said Friday, highlighting the milestone.

Not getting vaccinated against Covid-19 is like driving while intoxicated, health expert says
Not getting vaccinated against Covid-19 is like driving while intoxicated, health expert says
With 75% of Colorado’s eligible residents having initiated vaccination, the governor pointed out it’s “an important accomplishment, but it also means that there’s 25%, one in four Coloradans, who are eligible, who still need to go out and get protected so that we can end this pandemic.”
Polis pleaded with the unvaccinated to get their shots, reasoning that they hold the key to the availability of critical health care.
“We actually have the lowest ICU available rate that we’ve had since the start of this crisis, in part due to the unvaccinated with Covid and just other types of trauma that goes up seasonally this time of year,” Polis explained. “Some hospitals are reaching very close to their capacity limits. And that wouldn’t be happening if people were vaccinated.”
Colorado has one of the nation’s lowest Covid-19 case rates, with 163.6 new cases per 100,000 people over the past week, according to data published Saturday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Meanwhile on the East Coast, Vermont, Connecticut and Massachusetts have fully vaccinated at least two-thirds of their population. The trio are also among the states seeing the lowest rate of new cases per capita over the past week, CDC data shows.
‘This pandemic is our World War II.’ An up-close look at how a Florida hospital fights to save Covid-19 patients
‘This pandemic is our World War II.’ An up-close look at how a Florida hospital fights to save Covid-19 patients
Overall, the US has fully vaccinated 53.7% of its total population while 73.7% of people 12 and older have received at least one dose as of Saturday, according to CDC data. Full vaccination offers optimal protection from the virus’ most extreme consequences, including severe illness and death.
And even though the unvaccinated now comprise a slight minority of the total population, Covid-19 patients are straining health care resources in ways that health experts have been insisting are preventable via inoculation.
At St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Covid-19 patients are taking hold of ICU capacity. Hospital president Scott Smith told CNN’s Randi Kaye that 27 of the facility’s 28 ICU beds are for Covid-19 patients, and around 85% of the hospital’s Covid-19 patients are unvaccinated.
Florida has fully vaccinated 54.8% of its residents as of Saturday, CDC data shows. As of Saturday, the state was using more than 43% of its ICU beds to treat Covid-19 patients, according to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services. Nationwide, nearly 31% of ICU beds were being used for Covid-19 patients.