Dr. Eric Mackey told the crowd that about 95 percent of Alabama public schools will start in August with in-person, face to face teaching, compared to 50 percent last year. This presents new challenges because of rising coronavirus cases and especially the Delta variant.
Speaking Tuesday after delivering remarks at the office of the Director of National Intelligence, President Joe Biden affirmed that his administration was considering the possibility in response to a reporter’s question.
In light a recent surge of COVID-19 and updated CDC guidance, the University of Alabama at Birmingham will require face masks indoors on campus, regardless of vaccination status, starting Thursday, July 29.
Among American adults who have not yet received a vaccine, 35% say they probably will not, and 45% say they definitely will not, according to a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
Though COVID-19 vaccines greatly reduce the chance of severe illness and death and remain effective against variants, some experts said wearing a mask is a reasonable precaution since it’s still possible to get infected.
Those fully vaccinated who do become infected are known as “breakthrough” cases. These people tend to have no or mild symptoms. If they do become ill, the vaccine should assist the immune system in fighting off the virus.
A recent study shows 25% of hospital workers have not received a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. That’s alarming news for local hospital leaders. That data shows these hospital workers have direct contact with patients.