Nov 25, 2021 8:00 PM

Vaccines making Thanksgiving easier, but hot spots remain

Posted Nov 25, 2021 8:00 PM

(AP) - The U.S. is in better shape approaching its second Thanksgiving of the pandemic, thanks to the vaccine. But some cold weather regions are reporting surges of COVID-19 cases that could get worse in the days ahead as families travel the country.

Nearly 200 million Americans are fully vaccinated.

That leaves millions without a shot in the arm.

Hospitals in the cold Upper Midwest, especially Michigan and Minnesota, are filled with COVID-19 patients who are mostly unvaccinated.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says vaccines make this fall holiday much different.