Alabama Hospital Association: Pandemic could be far from over

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Although COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are dropping, health officials say we’re not in the clear yet.

Alabama Hospital Association President Dr. Don Williamson said there are less than 1,000 people in Alabama hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Monday. That’s a three-fold decrease compared with the numbers from this summer.

Williamson said he wants Alabamians to know the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, and the biggest reason is vaccine reluctance.

“The ultimate nightmare is that the virus would mutate in a way so that it creates a bigger pool of susceptible individuals in which the virus can spread,” Williamson said.

“The ultimate nightmare is that the virus would mutate in a way so that it creates a bigger pool of susceptible individuals in which the virus can spread,” Williamson said.

In Alabama, less than 50% of those who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine are fully vaccinated.

Williamson said he’s concerned that another new mutation could render the vaccine less effective because not enough people are protected against the virus.

“That’s the nightmare scenario,” he said. “Now, can we avoid that? We absolutely can by raising immunity so that there’s a much smaller population of individuals in which that virus can spread replicate and mutate.”

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