Covid-19 Vaccines and Testing in America


Jordan Bivins

As of April 12, 2021, 20 percent of the US population is fully vaccinated. The vaccine roll out started in the United States in early January and many have gotten either both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna shot or the one dose of the Johnson and Johnson shot. In Arizona, 21.7 percent is fully vaccinated and 34.8 percent have gotten at least one dose. With the large amount of vaccines being distributed, there is a decrease in covid testing necessity and roll out. According to John Hopkins Coronavirus Research Center, the U.S. now conducts just over 1 million tests a day after hitting its peak for the year on Jan. 15, with 2.3 million tests. 

Some health officials fear that if cases were to rise again, there wouldn’t be enough tests to accurately diagnose patients. Doctors and scientists are reminding people to continue to stay safe and follow CDC guidelines. The CDC recently declared the B.1.1.7 coronavirus strain, otherwise known as the U.K. variant, as the most predominant viral strain in the nation. 

To accurately track the new variant many programs and organizations propose consistently testing patients to have a more accurate gauge of case numbers. One of the ideas to make this testing process easier is at home testing. The US government announced a $230 million deal with Ellume, an Australian digital diagnostics company, to provide 8.5 million over-the-counter at-home tests. The number of new Covid-19 cases are at 69,632 nationwide and 751 in Arizona. It’s important for all those eligible to get the Covid-19 vaccine to help slow the spread and death rate. It’s also important to continue to stay safe and cautious because the fight against this virus is not over.