More US states lift restrictions as America ramps up vaccinations

With more than a third of Americans vaccinated, there is an effort to reach those that are hesitant, and Pfizer hopes to receive authorization to vaccinate children ages 12 to 16.
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As of this morning, nearly 56% of the adult population has had one dose while nearly 40% of adults are fully vaccinated. There are concerns about declining demand for vaccines, especially among young people, and what is happening in India where cases are at catastrophic levels there, and new travel restrictions to the U.S. Are set to take effect. Trevor Ault joins us now from a vaccination site in New York City with the latest. Trevor, good morning. Reporter: Good morning, whit. The U.S. Is now fully vaccinated, 100 million adults, but to be frank 100 million is not nearly enough, and right now India is serving as a horrific reminder this pandemic is not yet over, but make no mistake. Many Americans are still suffering from this virus too. This morning with U.S. Travel restrictions looming on Tuesday, the crisis in India is deepening. Overnight the country breaking yet another world record with nearly 400,000 new cases for the second day in a row. American officials now sending aid there as back here at home, health care workers are making a dire push to get younger Americans vaccinated. For the for time, patients between 18 and 64 make up the largest group in the hospital with covid-19. Among them, Oklahoma mother Laura hicks. The 37-year-old just gave birth to a baby girl via c-section while on a ventilator. I don't think either one of us were prepared for it to go this far down this path. It's a challenge every day to be both elated and happy and try not to break down because of what Laura is going through. Reporter: A Kansas City hospital has had to open a second icu because of a crush of patients. Most of them between 30 and 50. Doctors there pleading for people to get the vaccine. That's your best way of defense, not only to protect yourself, but to protect your loved ones, the other household members and people you're around, and then the larger community as well. Reporter: Officials are even zeroing in on teenagers holding teen-centered vaccine clinics like these in Wisconsin and Florida, and the fda could authorize the pfizer vaccine for kids 12 to 15 in the coming days, but in spite of extensive testing and a medical consensus that vaccines are safe, some young people still aren't sold. I have had friends and family who have gotten it already and had some bad reactions with it. Reporter: And here at home, more states lifting their restrictions. Connecticut pulling back all of its outdoor limitations, and the Kentucky derby welcoming back fans Saturday. Tens of thousands on hand for the run for the roses. And as demand for the vaccines continues to drop, many areas are reporting a surplus in vaccine doses. Just this week in Texas, they're scheduled to have 500,000 spare doses with no clinics to send them to. Eva? Trevor Ault for us, thank you. Joining us is medical contributor Dr. Darien Sutton. Let's talk about the vaccines we heard Trevor talk about. Based on what pfizer has released so far, do you think it's time to release that use on 12 to 15-year-olds? Especially because of the extra doses. Good morning, Eva. The information produced by pfizer is incredibly encouraging, especially in those ages 12 to 15. They were able to show there were no safety concerns, and in those who received the vaccine, developed an appropriate immune response, and in a subgroup analysis, the vaccine yielded 100% efficacy against covid-19. We want the wait for the full data set, but I'm hopeful this will bring about the authorization for young children with vaccine use. You're an emergency room doctor. I'm curious what you are seeing in the er right now. Well, right now in California thankfully we have gotten through the most recent surge, and it feels as though covid-19 has somewhat stabilized in the state, and I think it's due honestly Eva to a couple of different reasons. Number one is people are participating in preventive efforts like masks and social distancing whenever possible, and the testing positivity rate is as low as 1%, and then of course, vaccine participation is up as high as 50% here in the state, and I think all of those combined contribute to the less common presentation of covid-19 in the er right now and I'm thankful for that. I've talked to a lot of people who are not against the vaccine, but they want to wait a little bit longer to make sure everything is okay. What do you tell those people who are still feeling a little hesitant about vaccination? Well, I actually get that response a lot, especially with my young adult patients and my simple answer is, why take your chances? Right now from what we've just heard the demographics of the covid-19 infections are shifting younger as those who were older, were more likely to be vaccinated earlier in the year, the majority of the cases are under the age of 50 and many of my young healthy adult patients feel like they're less likely to have severe illness with covid-19, which is true, but the risk isn't zero. I've seen personally and professionally people who are young and healthy need significant intervention in the hospital. Also a new study shows that one in three people who have mild or asymptomatic cases, they have

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