At the very least, that’s the hope of many state and federal officials trying to envision the way forward in the coronavirus pandemic.
It’s a balancing act now seen in Southern California, where some mass vaccination sites in stadiums and other entertainment venues will share space with those companies where they are allowed to reopen at low capacities.
State Secretary of Health and Human Services Mark Galley announced Friday that all California theme parks, including Disneyland, Magic Mountain and Universal Studios, as well as sports and concert venues, will be allowed to reopen in limited capacity from April 1.
At the Magic Mountain car park, Kenichi Haskett, division chief of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, told CNN on Saturday, an average of 2,800 people are receiving Covid-19 vaccinations per day.
“We’d love to keep vaccinating here,” Haskett said. “So if it doesn’t work out and we can’t get to that point of at least 4,000 vaccinations (per day) (with the park open) … we have other specific locations in Santa Clarita that we can open.”
More vaccinations lead to more reopening
As the United States approaches vaccinations on a large scale, many states are changing their policies around Covid-19 restrictions.
In Maine, Gov. Janet Mills said Friday that the state will continue to order masks, but announced a new framework for slowly reopening the state. By March 26, the state’s indoor pool capacity will increase to 50% and outdoor gatherings will increase to 75%.
Beginning Saturday in West Virginia, some businesses including restaurants, bars, gyms and museums are opening their doors with 100% seating capacity, but social distancing will still be required, Governor Jim Justice said Friday.
Not all country leaders feel comfortable with the changes.
North Carolina said: “I’m very concerned about countries lifting mask mandate because what they’re doing is sending a signal that it’s no longer important, and that’s not true. Actually, it’s as important as ever.” Governor Roy Cooper.
“I would like to encourage my fellow Conservatives and local officials who are making decisions in some states to maintain the mandate of the mask, show good examples and continue to do the responsible things.”
The number of cases for the variables is increasing
A variant identified for the first time in the UK has been reported in 2,672 cases in 48 states and jurisdictions as of Thursday, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It spreads quickly.
Said Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.
With vaccine eligibility open to most adults in the United States by summer, support for virus protection measures is dwindling, according to a new survey.
Although less than a third of people said there should be fewer measures, support for additional restrictions has been declining since November, according to new research from the Pew Research Center.
But health experts say the road to herd immunity still lies ahead, and masks and other limitations remain critical to managing the pandemic.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Wallinsky said during a White House press conference on Friday that a new CDC study shows “that masks work.”
“There is a decrease in cases and deaths when you wear masks and you have an increase in cases and deaths when you personally eat at a restaurant, and so we advocate policies – certainly while we’re on this plateau with so many cases – that would hear public health science,” Walinsky said.
Detroit mayor refuses to allocate Johnson & Johnson vaccine
Many experts celebrated the licensing of the third coronavirus vaccine: Johnson & Johnson’s, which is one-shot and stored at temperatures more convenient for transportation and storage.
But there was some drawback.
Duggan rejected the shipment because the city is able to meet its current demand by supplying it with Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna vaccines – even as his administration expanded vaccine eligibility Thursday to residents 50 and older with chronic medical conditions.
All three vaccines are very effective in preventing serious diseases from Covid-19, and health officials have urged people to take any Covid-19 vaccine that is offered to them.
“Today may come in March or April when all Moderna and Pfizer are committed, and we still have people who need a vaccine. And at this point, we will be setting up a center for Johnson & Johnson. I don’t see that in the next two weeks,” Dugan said. .
CDC guidelines for vaccination
Walinsky said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for people who have been vaccinated will come soon. The guidance was expected to be released this week.
“Our goal and the most important thing is for people who have been vaccinated and who have not yet been vaccinated to be able to understand the steps they can take to protect themselves and their loved ones,” she said.
More than 82 million vaccine doses have been given in the United States, and after a year of life turned upside down, many want to know what the future holds.
“I think people need practical advice on how to go about their daily lives,” said Julia Marcus, an infectious disease epidemiologist at Harvard University. “I think without direction, people may make ill-informed decisions.”
While the guidelines won’t give vaccination permission to start living like 2019 again, according to a Biden administration official, it does offer some hope that the end of complete social isolation is near.
Correction: An earlier version of this article missed the number of people being vaccinated daily at Magic Mountain. Their average number is 2,800 people.
Jane Christensen, Jacqueline Howard, Anjali Huene, Kay Jones, Heather Law, Lauren Mascarenhas, Sherry Mossberg, Ganesh City, Prince of Vera and Paul Verkamen contributed to this report.