Friday, July 23, 2021

The delta variant and stupid pills

It's been a relief during the last few weeks to go grocery shopping without wearing a mask and to leave the house without needing to remember to stick one of those pesky things in a pocket --- advantages of being fully vaccinated.

And the numbers in Iowa --- other than the overall inoculation rate --- have been encouraging. But that may be changing.

Our state passed into the "rapidly increasing" category of states so far as new COVID-19 cases are concerned during the last week as the delta variant spreads and our neighbors to the east in Monroe County reported the highest positivity rate among recent tests in the state.

Lucas County's fully-vaccinated rate --- 37 percent --- certainly is not impressive. But two of our neighbors here in the south of Iowa, Davis and Decatur, have the lowest vaccination percentages in the Iowa, along with Lyon County in the extreme northwest. Wayne is way down there, too.

You tend to wonder what gets into people --- and who is dispensing the stupid pills.

The vaccine is readily available --- at Lucas County Public Health, the Hy-Vee pharmacy and elsewhere. There's no charge. 

Everyone age 12 and older now is eligible and I see that Public Health will be administering the shots on Aug. 6 during back-to-school night at the fairgrounds. So there's really no excuse in 99.9 percent of the unvaccinated cases, other than those aforemenitoned stupid pills.

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