Tougher tactics needed to inoculate the population amid COVID spike among unvaccinated, experts say

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A nurse administers a COVID-19 vaccine on Dec.r 14, 2020, in Washington, DC. (JACQUELYN MARTIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

A nurse administers a COVID-19 vaccine on Dec.r 14, 2020, in Washington, DC. (JACQUELYN MARTIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

With coronavirus cases rising among the unvaccinated and efforts to get them shots lagging, there is growing belief in some public health circles that more aggressive tactics are needed to get more of the population inoculated.

California has already tried prizes and game show-style events to encourage people to get vaccinated. But 41% of Californians of all ages have yet to be inoculated. And two troubling and related trends are bringing calls for fresh thinking.

The coronavirus is spreading in California — mostly among unvaccinated people. While cases and hospitalizations are still more than 93% lower than they were at the peak, new daily coronavirus cases have nearly tripled over the last month, from about 900 a day to more than 2,600 a day; hospitalizations have risen by nearly 75%, from 915 to 1,594.

Meanwhile, the pace of vaccinations continues to tail off. Only about 58,000 vaccine doses a day are being administered statewide, according to figures compiled by The Times. Though that average could rise as more data are reported, it won’t come close to the peak of 400,000 a day.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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