More Americans Now Eligible For Covid-19 Vaccine Than Ever—But Mass Vaccination Sites Are Shutting Down Over ‘Decreased Demand’

Breaking | Apr 21, 2021, 05:32pm EDT |

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Mass vaccination sites across the U.S. have announced plans to shut down in recent days due to insufficient demand, even though all U.S. adults are now eligible to receive coronavirus vaccines.

at San Francisco’s Moscone Convention Center on February 5, 2021 in San Francisco, California.

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Key Facts

Palm Beach County, Florida, is shutting down three mass vaccination sites in favor of new mobile vaccination efforts, the Palm Beach Post reported Wednesday, after the sites were operating at only 50% capacity this week.

Mass vaccination sites in Clarkesville, Georgia, and North Carolina will shut down by the end of May, officials announced this week, and Summit County, Ohio, canceled a planned mass vaccination clinic on April 27 citing “decreased demand.”

Several Texas mass vaccination sites in Williamson and Galveston counties are shutting down, and Galveston officials asked the state not to send the county any vaccine next week as the number of residents making vaccine appointments declines.

Waukesha County, Wisconsin, will likely shut down its mass vaccine site to new first doses by the end of the week, as the county hits its target of 60% of eligible residents being vaccinated.

Some vaccination locations have made plans to close before this week: Sites in Las Vegas and Cascade County, Montana, were announced to be shutting down last week, for instance, while Mercer County, Ohio, shuttered their drive-through mass vaccine clinic earlier in April.

Officials are reporting noticeable decreases in the number of people getting inoculated in areas where sites are not closing, including in Texas, Idaho, Missouri, Alabama, Maine and Maryland, where Gov. Larry Hogan predicted Wednesday the state would be shutting down mass vaccination sites “at some point soon.”

Big Number

3.02 million. That’s the seven-day average of Covid-19 vaccines administered in the U.S. each day as of Wednesday, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data analyzed by the New York Times. That average has been steadily declining in recent days after peaking at approximately 3.3 million shots per day last week.

Contra

Even as a number of sites are shuttering, other areas are opening new locations. New mass vaccination locations are opening this week in such places as Tysons Corner, Virginia; Lake County, Illinois; Harford County, Maryland; Jefferson County, Alabama and New York City, where New Yorkers will soon be able to get vaccinated at the iconic American Museum of Natural History.

Key Background

More than half of U.S. adults have now received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine as the country has ramped up vaccinations and seen an influx in supply in recent weeks, and every state has now opened eligibility to all adults after President Joe Biden directed states to expand access by April 19. The new decline in demand comes as the U.S. nears the point at which vaccine supply will outstrip demand, with a Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) analysis released Tuesday projecting that all U.S. adults who want to be vaccinated will receive at least their first dose of the vaccine within the next two to four weeks. With that milestone looming, attention is turning to Americans who still are still hesitant or unwilling to get vaccinated—a sizeable share of the population, with KFF finding that as of March, 37% of Americans planned to either “wait and see” about the vaccine, would only get it if required or do not plan to get vaccinated at all. The White House and state officials are ramping up efforts to persuade unvaccinated Americans as a result, and Biden announced Wednesday a plan to give tax breaks to businesses that give their employees paid time off for getting vaccinated.

Further Reading

U.S. Hits Biden’s 200 Million Shots Goal—But Covid-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Issue Looms (Forbes)

All U.S. Adults Now Eligible For Covid-19 Vaccine—These States Are Doing The Best (And Worst) Rollouts (Forbes)

Covid-19 vaccine demand is slowing in parts of the US. Now an uphill battle starts to get more shots into arms (CNN)

White House offers new tax credit to help spur vaccinations (Associated Press)

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