In Arkansas, which has one of the lowestin the nation, with only about 33% of the population fully protected, cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are rising. “It is sad to or die when it can be prevented,” Gov. tweeted as he urged people to get their shots. In Seattle’s King County, the public health department found only three deaths during a recent 60-day period in fully vaccinated people. The rest, some 95% of 62 deaths, had had no . “Those are all somebody’s parents, grandparents, siblings, and friends,” said Dr. Mark Del Beccaro, who helps lead a in King County. “It’s still a lot of deaths, and they’re preventable deaths.”
In the St. Louis area, more than 90% of patients, said Dr. Alex Garza, a hospital administrator who directs a metropolitan-area on the outbreak. “The majority of them express some regret for not being vaccinated,” Garza said. “That’s a common refrain we’re hearing from patients with COVID.” The stories of unvaccinated people dying may convince some people they should get the shots. Still, young adults — the group least likely to be vaccinated — may be motivated more by a desire to protect their loved ones, said David Michaels, an epidemiologist at George Washington University’s School of in the nation’s capital.
Michaels said others must beoff to get the shots and deal with any side effects. This month, the Occupational Safety and healthcare employers, including hospitals and nursing homes, to provide such time off. But Michaels, who headed OSHA under President , said the agency should have applied the rule to meat and poultry plants, other food operations, and other places with workers at risk.
Bagne, who lived alone, ran a business helping people incorporate their companies in Wyoming for tax advantages. He was winding down the industry, planning to retire, when he got sick, emailing his sister in April about an illness that had left him dizzy and disoriented.
“Whatever it was. That bug took a LOT out of me,” he wrote. As his, a neighbor finally persuaded him to go to the hospital. “Why was the messaging in his state so unclear that he didn’t understand the importance of the vaccine? He was a very bright guy,” his sister said. “I wish he’d gotten the vaccine, and I’m sad he didn’t understand how it could prevent him from getting COVID.” The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.