A new and highly transmissible mutation of the virus that causes COVID-19 – the so-called delta variant – is spreading rapidly across the U.S., prompting renewed calls for people to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Although many pre-pandemic activities have started to resume, it’s important to remember that COVID-19 remains a serious health threat,” says Dr. Gerald Harmon, vice president of medical affairs at Tidelands Health, our region’s leader in COVID-19 vaccination. “The best way to protect ourselves and our loved ones is to be vaccinated.”
The World Health Organization has called delta the “fastest and fittest” of all the variants that have appeared because of its ability to spread quickly. The WHO began naming variants with Greek letters this year to make them easier to identify.
Studies show that unvaccinated people account for about 99 percent of COVID-19 deaths in the United States. Vaccination remains the best protection against the original COVID-19 strain and its variants, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
There’s no out-of-pocket cost to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, which is available through Tidelands Health on a walk-in basis at three vaccination sites across our region. Learn more by clicking here.
Here are four key facts to know about the delta variant: