Vaccinations encouraged as COVID still circulates – Jamestown Sun

JAMESTOWN — COVID is circulating and people should get vaccinated because there is still a high risk of contracting coronavirus, according to Kim Lee, director of nursing at Central Valley Health District.

“There’s hardly any mitigation strategy going on right now,” Lee said. “It’s always important to get vaccinated, and if you’re sick, stay home. If you are in the community and not feeling well, you should wear a mask not only for COVID but also for the flu. It’s still circulating right now.

For the week of April 8-14, Stutsman County had five positive coronavirus cases, according to information from the North Dakota Department of Health. As of April 15, there were 267 new positive cases in North Dakota.

Lee said the number of cases could be down because people are testing themselves at home and not reporting cases. She also said that when people don’t feel well, they don’t get tested at a testing site.

“They’re just going to stay home because of all the education about the importance of staying home when you’re sick,” she said. “But also vaccination rates continue to increase for vaccination rates and that helps control the spread of the disease.”

She said state employees conduct the tests from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Jamestown Civic Center.

“We’re going to keep going until they tell us the state can’t help us with this anymore, so we’ll have to look at what we’re going to do with testing,” she said.

Central Valley Health administered COVID vaccines on Mondays and Fridays at its office. Lee said Central Valley Health has seen an increase in the number of people being vaccinated. She said some days Central Valley Health only gave 10 vaccines, but now it’s in the 20s.

“We’re still doing first doses for people,” she said. “We are still doing a few second doses. Then we had people come in for their first encore, second encore. It’s kind of a mix right now.

Lee said Central Valley Health recommends the second booster dose of Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna vaccines that have been approved for people 50 and older. She said people 50 and over really need to get the second booster dose.

“People younger than that don’t show that they necessarily need that booster,” she said. “They have a better immune system, so they retain what they have for vaccines a little better than people over 50.”

Individuals can receive the second booster dose four months after receiving the first booster dose.

A second booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine may be given to some immunocompromised people 12 and older four months after receiving the first booster dose of any approved COVID vaccine, according to the US Food & Drug Administration. A second booster dose of the Moderna vaccine may be given to certain immunocompromised people 18 years of age and older four months after receiving the first booster dose of any approved COVID vaccine.

The vaccination rate in Stutsman County for people 12 and older is 64% for those who received at least one dose, 60.2% for those who received two doses, and 56.9% for those who received a recall, according to the health department.

The immunization rate in Stutsman County for people 65 and older is 87.8% for those who received at least one dose, 82.9% for those who received two doses, and 77.3 % for those who received the first booster dose.

No statistics were available on the number of people who received the second booster.

Lee said it would take about a year to complete all vaccination doses if someone hasn’t received any of the COVID shots.

“It’s actually pretty quick to get all these shots in a year,” she said. “When you go through childhood vaccinations, it’s different. You have a timeline and it takes until age 5 to complete their vaccines until school age. It’s a rushed series.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the US president’s chief medical adviser, wrote in a March 31 article in the Journal of Infectious Diseases that herd immunity against COVID-19 is an “unattainable” goal.

“Like the flu, any level of collective protection against SARS-CoV-2 can potentially be overcome by ever-changing levels of immunity among countless subpopulations, by human movement, crowding, behavioral changes social or preventive, by demographics, by vaccination levels, by variations in the durability of infection – or vaccine-induced immunity, and by the evolution of viral variants, among other variables,” said he wrote.

After more than two years of viral circulation and vaccines with boosters for more than a year, the population’s degree of background immunity to SARS-CoV-2 is higher, Fauci wrote. He also wrote that there are medical countermeasures such as antiviral drugs and monoclonal antibodies to prevent disease progression as well as widely available diagnostic tests.

“Through these interventions, we can aspire, and most likely will succeed in achieving, substantial control of community spread without the disruptions to society caused by COVID-19 over the past 2 years,” he said. writing.

Lee said Central Valley Health did not administer any flu shots in April. She said the flu was still circulating in North Dakota.

“The flu was really bad in the fall of last year, but we always see a little spike again in the spring,” she said.

Lee said the low number of flu shots that have been given could come from people hesitating to get vaccinated due to pressure from the federal government for COVID vaccines.

“There was a lot of pressure from the government,” she said. “Unfortunately, prices have gone down. There was too much medical advertising. I think people are exhausted.

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