Latest study shows 1.9 million lives saved with COVID-19 vaccine in US alone

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Kentucky Voices for Health

In the latest study, published in The Lancet, it is reported that nearly 20 million lives were saved in the first year of COVID-19 vaccines being available even for only a portion of the world’s population as of December 2020. to December 2021.

In the United States, that number is estimated at at least 1.9 million lives saved due to the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The virus is on the rise again in almost every community in Kentucky and across the country. The BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron variants have taken the lead among the most prevalent strains of the virus now harming our neighbors and loved ones, which means it remains equally important for Kentuckians to continue doing this they can to protect themselves and their communities. the spread of COVID-19: wear a mask, get tested, stay home if you feel sick, and most importantly, stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines and boosters.

The latest data from Kentucky showed that most counties are now in the top two zones — high and middle — in new cases.

In anticipation of August Vaccination Awareness Month, Kentucky Voices for Health wants to improve the latest vaccine information, social media content, and messaging recommendations from trusted sources in hopes of dispelling misinformation. persistence and increase immunization rates both among low-income and vulnerable people. populations and build confidence in vaccines within communities.

Final eligibility fact: COVID-19 vaccines are allowed for all children 6 months and older.

The United States Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna to prevent the virus in children aged 6 months to 5 years; the last age group to need a vaccination permit. This means that COVID-19 vaccines are now available for children aged 6 months to 17 years, in addition to vaccine authorizations for adults 18 and older that were approved months ago.

Parents interested in having their children vaccinated should consult their pediatrician, family physician, nurse practitioner, pharmacist or other health care provider if they have specific questions about their child’s health or the vaccine in general. Parents and guardians, as well as children themselves, have every right to ask questions, but it’s essential to remember that vaccines save lives because vaccines work.

Families ready to schedule a pediatric vaccination for their child(ren) can also visit vaccines.gov where you can search by zip code and locate the vaccine of preference and schedule an appointment.

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