07.21.2021

Amid fears over COVID-19 cases in Congress and the White House, experts say vaccination remains the best protection

Amid fears over COVID-19 cases in Congress and the White House, experts say vaccination remains the best protection Photo by Mario Tama / Getty Images

A spate of new COVID-19 infections has rippled through Congress, the White House and a band of Texas state lawmakers in recent days, stoking renewed concern among officials in Washington about how best to protect against the virus as the delta variant causes a nationwide spike in cases.

Health officials say the best protection remains vaccination, noting the shots are key to reducing the risks of serious illness, hospitalization and death.

“If you’re a fully vaccinated individual and you’re meeting with somebody who has COVID, you really don’t have much to fear from the virus. The vaccines are very robust,” Dr. Amesh A. Adalja, senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, told USA TODAY. “What we’re seeing now in the United States, as the CDC director said, is a pandemic of the unvaccinated. That’s where the risk is.”

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