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First doses of COVID vaccines increase in Central Shenandoah Health District, one age group lagging behind

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) – Extra first doses of COVID-19 vaccines are going into arms round components of the Shenandoah Valley.

Jordi Shelton, with the Central Shenandoah Well being District (CSHD), mentioned the current FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine could also be pushing some on the fence to roll up their sleeve, however as a result of the delta variant is extra transmissible, extra persons are being impacted by the virus.

“The probabilities of you understanding somebody in your group or household that has been severely affected is greater and sadly, that’s typically what it takes for somebody to wish to get their vaccine,” she mentioned.

As of Sept. 2, about 53% of the CSHD whole inhabitants has obtained at the very least one dose and 48.4% of the full inhabitants is totally vaccinated.

61.7% of the grownup inhabitants has obtained at the very least one dose, and 56.5% of adults are totally vaccinated.

“We’re getting there. It’s been a sluggish however regular climb,” Shelton mentioned.

However she added that one demographic continues to lag behind.

“Our 18 to 35 yr age group is the one which we’re form of struggling to see, which is unlucky as a result of that’s who we’re seeing begin to get extra sick,” Shelton mentioned. “I feel youthful of us may assume that they’ve simply extra of a pure immunity to the virus as a result of they’re younger they usually’re wholesome, however that’s not essentially all the time the case.”

Shelton mentioned native transmission, instances, hospitalizations, and unfold of the delta variant are all going up. She reminds folks to masks up or keep house if they’re unvaccinated this Labor Day Weekend.

The CSHD is providing free COVID-19 testing for these with signs or shut contacts of recognized exposures, together with those that are totally vaccinated on Friday, Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Augusta County Authorities Heart. For extra data, click on here.

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