Yesterday I worked at the community COVID vaccine clinic. Yesterday we saw more than 1000 patients (final count is still to be determined). It felt relatively less busy than the times we had served near 2000 patients on a Saturday. Maybe we’ve become more streamlined after each iteration of the Saturday vaccine clinic we can handle large crowds. Maybe as more retailers like Walmart and CVS have offered to become a COVID vaccine clinic it lessened our load.
If there were less patients coming to the clinic, it does to necessarily mean it is a failure. It could mean that we are about getting to the point where we have vaccinated all the people who have been seeking the vaccine. To date, more than 200 million people who have received the vaccine and 103 million people who are fully vaccinated in the U.S. In LA County there are 4.5 million people who have received the vaccine and about 3 million who are fully vaccinated. It does not mean our work stops here, we also need to get vaccinate those who are below 15 years old. We need to motivate the people who are vaccine hesistant.
Oh yeah speaking of which, other factors are the Johnson and Johnson pause. That did no good with the public perception to get the vaccines.
Surprisingly, in our experience a lot of young people are less likely to get the vaccine. Though there is a trend in COVID among younger people, they diminish it as the “common cold” and it will just pass through.
Then there’s the spread of misinformation about the vaccine. I don’t want to list it here because I absolutely do not endorse it.
See, we have a lot of work to do.
Even though we did not see as many patients yesterday as we did the last few Saturday community clinics, I am EXHAUSTED. But I’ve been exhausted since the beginning of the pandemic. I am hoping the fruits of our labor will pay off. We are a few steps to reaching normalcy. Nowadays, I’ve been lounging in more coffee shops people watching. I can walk outside as a vaccinated person without a mask. Please don’t take it away from us.