With COVID-19 statistics enhancing, vaccine availability rising, and public exercise steadily returning: KCHD introduced Thursday’s briefing could be its final.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — For greater than a yr, the Knox County Well being Division has saved the neighborhood knowledgeable on the state of the COVID-19 with weekly briefings to offer steering and urgent particulars concerning the pandemic.
The briefings started with the preliminary “lockdown” in March 2020, then moved to speaking prevention efforts through the summer season and winter surges, and in current months centered on vaccination efforts.
Now with COVID-19 statistics enhancing, vaccine availability rising, and public exercise steadily returning: KCHD introduced Thursday’s weekly briefing could be its final.
KCHD Director of Communicable and Environmental Illnesses Charity Menefee mentioned the pandemic is not over but, however the public well being scenario is in a significantly better place because of the rising variety of vaccinated folks to the place they really feel snug returning to speaking data in a typical vogue.
“We hope that this does not ship the unsuitable message,” she mentioned. “We really feel it is optimistic that we really feel like we’re in a spot that we will do that, however under no circumstances does this imply that the pandemic is over.”
Menefee mentioned the demand for the COVID-19 vaccine within the county is beginning to wane — slowing progress for getting out of the pandemic — however mentioned they aren’t shocked by this now that greater than 35% of all Knox County residents have acquired not less than one dose. As of April 12, 21% of county residents have been absolutely vaccinated.
She mentioned there are a lot of the reason why they consider the demand is waning, together with people who find themselves busy, younger adults missing urgency on account of lowered well being dangers, and vaccine uncertainty.
She mentioned individuals who really feel unsure about getting the vaccine ought to discuss to their docs about it to make knowledgeable selections about their well being.