I am hopeful that we have already reached a high enough vaccination rate in a lot of places and we aren’t done vaccinating yet. In my local county of 830,000 people 5 of the 7 days last week had single digit new cases and 1 day had just a single new case reported. We have about 64% of the total population vaccinated with at least 1 dose and well north of 75% of adults. I know some people feel the decline in cases is more tied to seasonality, but even at our low points last Summer our best numbers were over 25 cases a day. I definitely think the vaccines are working.Yes, mutations are a concern, but what can really be done about it at this point? The specter of a possible immunity resistant mutations isn't going to convince many hold outs to get the vaccine, and even if we did get a high vaccination rate in the US, it's going to take years to get the rest of the world vaccinated and if a mutations pops up there it's only a matter of time before it gets here.
I agree we can’t do a whole lot more to get more people vaccinated, but I’m not giving up yet either. We are at 65.3% of adults with one dose per the CDC. Last Saturday we were at 64.3%. 1% a week isn’t great but it’s not nothing. Slow (very slow) but somewhat steady pace. I do think we will exceed 70% of adults eventually, but not likely by July 4th. I think the pace of teens being vaccinated has dropped off due to the vaccine scares so I’m not sure how that factors into the overall plan. We may need more adults vaccinated if less teens go.
The worldwide situation is depressing. It does feel a bit shallow of a ”victory” to celebrate WDW returning to somewhat normal when the majority of the rest of the world is in such bad shape. I do think it’s OK to be happy about the little things, but we have a way to go before the worldwide end of this pandemic. Mutations are a concern but even if 100% of eligible Americans were vaccinated right now that would still be the case worldwide.