Local businesses promote vaccination to help us reopen safely.
Who wants a free doughnut? Krispy Kreme announced a public health campaign offering a free Orginal Glazed doughnut to anyone who shows a valid COVID-19 vaccination card. We have a long way to go to reach the 29 million Texas residents. Maybe a little sugar can help the medicine go down.
As the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex deals with an increasing number of the dangerous B.1.1.7 Covid variant, we need all the help we can get to encourage widespread vaccination. Texas has administered more than 8.8 million doses, and the state expects to receive an allotment of 900,000 more this week. Recent data from the Texas CARES project, the largest Covid-19 testing database in the United States, showed only up to 24% of Texas have Covid-19 antibodies.
Krispy Kreme plans to offer this promotion until the end of 2021. Guests can come once per day to redeem their free doughnut. To launch the public health campaign, Krispy Kreme will also offer a free medium coffee from March 29 through May 24.
Many believe marketplace solutions, not government actions, can help the United States reach herd immunity. Private industry can be an important driving force to incentivize the public to sign up for vaccination.
Krispy Kreme joins other companies, like Dollar General, to provide vaccine incentives to customers and employees. These companies provide employees up to four hours of paid time to get vaccinated. Employers are motivated to encourage vaccine compliance to help businesses reopen safely. Employee vaccination also helps prevent lost workdays, reduce remote working, and avoid increases in health insurance premiums.
Dave Skena, Krispy Kreme Chief Marketing Officer, stated, “We all want to get COVID-19 behind us as fast as possible and we want to support everyone doing their part to make the country safe by getting vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available to them.”
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Dallas County Health and Human Services reported updated numbers on March 20. Dallas county had 227 new positive Covid-19 individuals for a cumulative total of 250,531 PCR confirmed cases. Covid-19 has taken the lives of 3,384 Dallas County residents.
Dallas county has given 163,357 total vaccinations to date. The vaccine rollout is improving across the state, with thousands of people vaccinated each day. Increased staffing and improved vaccine supply allowed vaccine hubs to accommodate the increased demand as Texas expanded the eligibility pool to those 50 years old and older. More than half of all Texas seniors have gotten at least one vaccine dose, and 30 percent are now fully vaccinated. Each day thousands more receive their vaccination.
There are three FDA-approved vaccines for Covid-19. The two messenger RNA vaccines from Moderna and Phizer offer 95% protection against Covid-19. The Covid-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna use messenger RNA (mRNA). A single strand of mRNA delivers instructions to human cells to produce an antibody against the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein.
The Johnson and Johnson’s Janssen vaccine offers 72% protection against infection and 86% against severe disease. The Janssen vaccine uses Adenovirus 26 (AD26) as the vector to deliver DNA material into our cells to provoke an immune response.
All three vaccines are highly effective in preventing death.
A fourth vaccine from AstraZeneca is expected to be approved soon under the Emergency Use Authorization. Data released on March 22 showed the vaccine is 79% effective at preventing mild disease and 100% effective at preventing death. An approved vaccine from AstraZeneca would give the US a fourth safe and effective option along with the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
Dallas country residents can register for the vaccine here.
All four vaccines are highly effective in preventing death. Whichever vaccine you receive, now you can celebrate your vaccination day with a delicious Krispy Kreme doughnut.
Article originally published by Newsbreak.
Blog Author: Dr. Jeff Livingston
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