Medical society says current vaccination rates in NH are not enough to stop delta variant

The New Hampshire health care community has sounded the alarm bells about the delta variant. Officials have said that if Granite Staters does not take action to increase the vaccination rate, we may see a repeat of what happened between last fall and this spring. “If we don’t act, we don’t increase these numbers, we will almost certainly be in the same situation as some southern states,” said James Potter of the New Hampshire Medical Society. Potter said the highly contagious delta variant makes it essential to increase the vaccination rate by more than 70%, especially as schools are set to reopen and people are moving inside. “We don’t have the luxury of sitting down and hoping that we really need to change our tactics and look and urge all industries and organizations to reconsider how they can promote COVID-19 vaccines among their employees, “he said. The state’s healthcare community is leading by example.” This is what we are doing. get vaccinated, “Potter said. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center has demanded that its staff be vaccinated by the end of September. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield have demanded that its associates be vaccinated when they return to the office, adding financial incentives. “What I would say to sole proprietorships, employers or manufacturers is that the real possibility of this drop in closures if we stay the same is very, very real. So we need to act now,” he said. Potter declared. I He said the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines could get final approval from the Food and Drug Administration in the coming weeks, which should help. >> MORE FROM WMUR: COVID-19 test sites report increased demand in New Hampshire

The New Hampshire health care community has sounded the alarm bells about the delta variant. Officials have said that if Granite Staters does not take action to increase the vaccination rate, we may see a repeat of what happened between last fall and this spring.

“If we don’t act, we don’t increase these numbers, we will almost certainly be in the same situation as some southern states,” said James Potter of the New Hampshire Medical Society.

Potter said the highly contagious delta variant makes it essential to increase the vaccination rate by more than 70%, especially as schools are set to reopen and people are moving inside.

“We don’t have the luxury of sitting down and hoping that we really need to change our tactics and watch and urge all industries and organizations to reconsider how they can promote COVID-19 vaccines among their employees, ”he said.

The state’s healthcare community has led by example.

” This is what we do. We are calling for health facility workers to be required to get vaccinated, ”Potter said.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center has demanded that its staff be vaccinated by the end of September. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield have demanded that its associates be vaccinated when they return to the office, adding financial incentives.

“What I would say to sole proprietorships, employers or manufacturers is that the real possibility of this drop in closures if we stay the same is very, very real. So we have to act now, ”Potter said.

He said the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines could get final approval from the Food and Drug Administration in the coming weeks, which should help.

>> MORE FROM WMUR: COVID-19 test sites report increased demand in New Hampshire

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