As U.S. COVID-19 deaths today surpassed 1 million, the AHA, American Medical Association, and American Nurses Association continued to urge everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated and boosted as soon as possible.

“Today we mark an incredibly grim and somber milestone as more than 1 million people in the United States have died of COVID-19 during the nearly two and a half years of this pandemic,” the organizations said in a joint statement. “Our nation’s nurses, physicians, and other dedicated health care professionals and essential workers have been on the front lines from day one, seeing firsthand the devastating impact this virus has had on far too many patients, families and communities. The pandemic has also taken a large toll on the wellbeing of many of our caregivers and put a spotlight on the need to continue to support those who take care of us.  

“While we have made great progress against the SARS-CoV-2 virus due to the valiant efforts of health care and public health professionals, aided by vaccines and therapeutics, cases are once again on the rise in much of the country. As we have seen over the past few years, this virus and its variants are very unpredictable, and we must remain vigilant and adaptable in the coming months as the country continues to re-open. 

“We continue to urge everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated and boosted as soon as possible to protect themselves and their loved ones from this disease. In addition, to help protect those who are not yet eligible for vaccination or who are immunocompromised, we urge the public to continue taking evidence-based public health precautions, such as wearing well-fitted, medical grade facemasks when recommended or required.  

“America’s physicians, nurses, and hospitals and health systems thank you for doing your part to help us protect you.” 

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