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COVID Experts: Vaccine Hesitancy Fueling New Cases Which May Lead To More Mutations

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SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — On Monday, California reported more than 14,097 new cases from over the weekend, which is triple the number of cases reported in early June.

The test positivity rate also spiked to 4.1%, which is the highest it’s been since February. Last month, the state’s positivity rate was below 1%.

As cases climb, however, vaccination has stalled and experts worry about what that means for the future of the pandemic.

“The more that transmission of virus occurs, the more likely there is going to be another mutation,” said University of California San Francisco Prof. of Medicine and Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Peter Chin-Hong. “In fact, we know from science every two weeks there is a new mutation.”

In California, nearly 52% of the population is fully vaccinated, which means millions remain unvaccinated.

Experts have said the unvaccinated as well as the highly-transmissible Delta variant are currently driving the pandemic.

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Solano County officially expands vaccine eligibility to individuals age 16 and older

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Starting Wednesday, Solano County is expanding vaccine eligibility to individuals living or working in Solano County who are age 16 and older, in accordance with state guidance to expand eligibility to all Californians in this age group.

“We are pleased to expand eligibility to all community members age 16 and older in Solano County,” said
Bela T. Matyas, M.D., M.P.H., Solano County Health Officer in a news release. “With the temporary pause in providing the J&J vaccine, appointments for first vaccine doses may continue to be limited.

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