Andy Slavitt, former White House senior adviser for Covid-19 response, said on CNN’s New Day Tuesday that the Delta variant is a reason to encourage unvaccinated people to “strongly consider” getting a Covid-19 vaccine, as communities with low rates will be subject to potential outbreaks.
Slavitt said there’s a lot of concerns with the variant globally, where vaccinations aren’t as accessible.
The Delta variant was first identified in India. Scientists say they believe it is more transmissible and almost double the risk of hospitalization compared to the Alpha variant, first identified in the UK.
“Here in the US, it’s a better picture – if you’re vaccinated,” he said. “So for those vaccinated, the vaccines are proving to be quite effective even against the Delta variant, so you’ve very little to worry about. If you’re not vaccinated, the Delta variant will spread in your community more quickly. It will take less exposure to get Covid-19. And so this is another reason to encourage people who haven’t been vaccinated to strongly consider doing it.”
Slavitt said vaccinated and unvaccinated populations each “clump together.”
“If you have more than roughly half the population vaccinated, it’s not as if half the people you know are vaccinated and half aren’t,” he said. “Either just about everybody you know is vaccinated or everybody you know isn’t.”
Communities with lower vaccination rates are at risk of potential outbreaks, Slavitt said.
“Those outbreaks are not going to hopefully have quite the wildfire spread as we saw in 2020, but they’re still going to impact those communities pretty strongly,” he said.