About 1.8 million vaccination jabs were reported Tuesday, the lowest one-day number in two weeks. Some of the decline could be attributed to availability, dinged by a pause in Johnson & Johnson doses. But demand has softened at some vaccinations sites, even as vaccine availability has been opened up to every U.S. adult. About 1 in 4 Americans say they might decline vaccination.
In Florida’s Palm Beach County, Florida, three mass vaccination sites had no takers for 10,000 of their 16,000 slots. Undeterred, the county will use three mobile units, each capable of vaccinating 500 people a day, to reach minority groups and others, who for whatever reason aren’t signing up to get shots at the mass vaccination centers or retail locations.
Public health officials and other advocates are countering with new ways to get arms under needles. DC Marijuana Justice promoted a “Joints for Jabs” program. Krispy Kreme offered doughnuts, Budweiser offered beers.
As wealthy Americans took advantage of cheap mortgages, increased savings and the ability to work from home during the pandemic, their demand for bigger homes and million-dollar listings outpaced sales of homes across all other price ranges.
“There’s been worst conditions and health problems in the past in this country, around the world, where nobody ever shut down mom and pop diners and shut down entire economic societies in the United States of America,” Nugent told ABC7 in Fort Myers, Florida. “I will continue to believe that that’s a hoax… but the pandemic is real and the people that are sick are real.”