Vaxx to the Future

Season 1 Episode 93 TIP News for Dec. 13, 2021

December 13, 2021 The Immunization Partnership Season 1 Episode 93
Vaxx to the Future
Season 1 Episode 93 TIP News for Dec. 13, 2021
Show Notes Transcript

Today’s TIP News: Two pandemic milestones this week—one year after first COVID vaccine shipments and US COVID deaths approaching 800,000; CDC director says no evidence vaccine harms kids; CO governor says it’s your fault if you end up in the hospital; and flu cases on the rise. 

Today’s TIP News: Two pandemic milestones this week—one year after first COVID vaccine shipments and US COVID deaths approaching 800,000; CDC director says no evidence vaccine harms kids; CO governor says it’s your fault if you end up in the hospital; and flu cases on the rise. 

Hello, and welcome to TIP News for Dec. 13, 2021. TIP News is a podcast production of The Immunization Partnership. My name is John David Powell. 

In today’s TIP News: Two pandemic milestones this week—one year after first COVID vaccine shipments and US COVID deaths approaching 800,000; CDC director says no evidence vaccine harms kids; CO governor says it’s your fault if you end up in the hospital; and flu cases on the rise. 

Let’s begin the week with a look back in time. It was just one year ago that we got our first shipments of COVID vaccines. This came after the Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization on Dec. 11 of last year. The next day, millions of doses made their way to UPS and FedEx shipping hubs. And on Dec. 14, 2020, front-line heathcare workers were the first to receive shots. 

Now, we have vaccines for nearly five million kids between the ages of 5 and 11, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Rochelle Walensky says real-world monitoring shows the safety of these vaccines. This is also true for concerns about myocarditis. That’s a temporary heart inflammation, a rare, but potential side effect of mRNA vaccines for teens and young adults. 

Walensky tells parents that now is the time to fully vaccinate your kids if you want to protect them during the holidays. 

Going from young Americans to older Americans we find that COVID is killing a large number of older folks as we approach 800,000 deaths and the end of Year 2. Data from the CDC show 75 percent of those who died from COVID in the US have been 65 or older. That’s about 600,000 grandparents and great grandparents. To compare, about 1 in 1,400 folks younger than 65 have died from COVID since the start of the pandemic while the ratio is 1 in 100 for older Americans. 

The CDC says more than 1,200 people in the US die from COVID every day, and most of them are 65 or older. 

Colorado’s governor Jared Polis says the Colorado COVID emergency is over, and that he will not implement another statewide mask mandate to stop the spread of the Omicron variant. Polis is a Democrat, and he told Colorado Public Radio that if unvaccinated folks get sick, it’s their own damn fault. His words. Adding that everyone in his state has had more than enough opportunities to get vaccinated.  

Polis says about 84 percent of Colorado COVID hospitalizations are folks who are not vaccinated and those who are vaccinated are older or have other conditions. Polis said he supports local jurisdictions instituting their own mandates according to their individual needs, but told Colorado Public Radio that the state should stay out of it.  

It’s his opinion that public health officials are not in the fashion business and that it’s not their job to tell folks what to wear, even though wearing masks decrease the chances of catching the flu and other airborne illnesses.  

“You don’t tell people to wear a jacket when they go out in winter and force them to [wear it],” he said, adding that “If they get frostbite, it’s their own darn fault.  

And speaking of the flu. The CDC says influenza activity is low across the country, but the numbers are going up. Most influenza A, the H3N2 infections have been in folks 5-24 years old with the proportion of infections among those 25 years and older increasing. 

Finally, today, a reminder that The Immunization Partnership is the only organization in Texas dedicated solely to improving the health of ALL Texans through immunizations. We work to provide healthcare professionals, the public, the media, and policymakers with current evidence-based immunization information, news, and materials. We are proud to be your trusted resource.  

Please consider TIP when deciding where to make your year-end philanthropic donation. Your generous gift helps us to provide information to enhance informed vaccine decision-making; to advocate for sound, science-based public health-policies; to influence positive immunization behavior through data analysis and interactive education; and to expand our reach by fostering collaborations and partnerships with local community organizations, health departments, and schools.  

As they say on your local public broadcasting station, go to your computer, laptop, or smartphone and go to our webpage, immunizeusa.org/donate. 

We appreciate all you do to help keep Texans healthy and thriving because we can’t educate and advocate for immunizations without support from folks like you. 

That’s our TIP News for today, Dec. 13, 2021. 

TIP News is a podcast production of The Immunization Partnership. We invite you to subscribe to our podcasts, Vaxx Voice, which deals with vaccines in general, and Vaxx to the Future, where we feature information specifically related to COVID-19 and its vaccines. You can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube. You can also find more information on our webpage, immunizeusa.org. For all of us at The Immunization Partnership, I’m John David Powell. Thanks for listening.