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Over One-Third Of The US Population Is Now Fully Vaccinated. Hesitancy Remains A Hurdle.

Courtney Hergesheimer/Columbus Dispatch
USA Today Network
Camden Beatty, 17, receives his first COVID-19 vaccine at Thomas Worthington High School on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, through Nationwide Children's Hospital's vaccine clinics for teenagers in Columbus, Ohio.

On this edition of Your Call, we’re getting an update on COVID-19 vaccinations. According to CDC data, over one-third of the US population is now fully vaccinated. More than half of US adults have received at least one dose.

On Tuesday, President Biden set a new goal for the US: in order for 70 percent of adults to receive at least one dose by the 4th of July, the focus will shift from mass vaccination sites to pharmacies and pop-up clinics. Although the daily infection rate is falling, vaccine hesitancy still remains a major issue in rural areas and some experts worry we may not reach herd immunity. What questions do you have about where we are and where we're going?


Dr. Monica Gandhi, Professor of Medicine and Associate Division Chief of the Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine at UCSF / San Francisco General Hospital

Web Resources:

CDC COVID Data Tracker

Find a vaccine appointment: Text your zip code to getvax or 438829

For Californians who are home bound and in need of a vaccine, call: 833-422-4255

CDC: When You've Been Fully Vaccinated

The New York Times, Apoorva Mandavilli: Reaching ‘Herd Immunity’ Is Unlikely in the U.S., Experts Now Believe

NPR, Tamara Keith: Why Lagging COVID Vaccine Rate At Rural Hospitals 'Needs To Be Fixed Now'

MIT Technology Review, Cassandra Willyard: Some vaccinated people are still getting covid. Here’s why you shouldn’t worry.

HuffPost, Julia Ries: Why It Feels So Uncomfortable To Resume Your Life After Your Vaccine

The Washington Post, Rebekah Diamond: Kids' covid vaccines are coming. Parents should trust them.

Lea is a producer for Your Call on KALW Local Public Radio. She graduated from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY in 2018.
Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.