RICHMOND, Virginia – The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has eclipsed 700,000, with the last 100,000 people dying at a time when vaccines that massively prevent serious illness were available to any American over 12 years who wanted them.
The milestone reached on Friday night is deeply frustrating for doctors, public health officials and other Americans who saw a pandemic that had abated earlier in the summer take a bleak turn.
Tens of millions of people in the United States have refused to be vaccinated, allowing the highly contagious delta variant to cross the country and drop the death toll from 600,000 to 700,000 in 3.5 months.
Florida has suffered by far the most deaths of any state during that time, with the virus having killed an estimated 17,000 residents since mid-June. Texas was second with 13,000 deaths.
The two states account for 15% of the country’s population, but more than 30% of the country’s deaths since the country crossed the 600,000 threshold.
Virginians aged 12 and over are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Pre-registration is no longer necessary, so go to Vaccine research to search for specific vaccines available near you or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-275-8343).
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Have you been fully vaccinated?
People are considered to be fully vaccinated:
- 2 weeks after their second dose in a series of 2 doses, such as Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
- 2 weeks after a single dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine
How to Protect Yourself and Others When You Have Been Fully Immunized
COVID-19 vaccines are effective in protecting you against the disease. Based on what we know Regarding COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated may start to do certain things that they had stopped doing due to the pandemic.
We are still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19. After you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should continue to take precautions– like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet from each other, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces – in public places until we know more.
These recommendations can help you make decisions about your daily activities after you are fully immunized. They are not intended for care settings.