According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease, COVID-19 hospitalizations are on the rise among people who have been fully vaccinated.
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“What we’re starting to see now is an increase in hospital admissions among people who have been vaccinated but not boosted,” Fauci said Tuesday. “It’s a significant portion, but certainly not the majority.”
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In a White House COVID-19 Response Team briefing on Wednesday, Fauci stressed the importance of vaccines and emphasized their efficacy.
“We have 62 million vaccine-eligible Americans who still haven’t been vaccinated. The data I’m showing you doesn’t lie. Vaccines protect you, your family and your community,” he said, speaking alongside the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. dr. Rochelle Walensky. “And most importantly, it’s not too late, as Dr. Walensky has said. Get vaccinated now.”
In the same panel, Walensky made similar comments, explaining that the agency is “seeing an increase in emergency room visits among adults 65 and older, which are again higher than among younger age groups.”
Residents of long-term care facilities and adults over the age of 65 were among the first to be eligible for vaccination.
However, Walensky noted that new data from the National Healthcare Safety Network looking at COVID-19 cases in long-term care settings shows that booster shots work.
“[The U.S. Food and Drug Administration] is currently evaluating data on the authorization of booster doses for all people over 18 years of age. As we have done before, CDC will quickly review safety and effectiveness data and make recommendations as soon as we hear from the FDA,” she said.
All of this comes amid fears of winter outbreaks fueled by variants of the coronavirus and holiday travel.
According to AAA forecasts, more than 53 million Americans are expected to travel for Thanksgiving next week.
Cases are rising in some states in the West, Midwest and Northeast, forcing hospitals and state and local leaders to take action.
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The FDA is expected to approve: booster dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for all adults before an influential US advisory panel meets on Friday. The action would Reportedly expand the number of eligible Americans by tens of millions.
Scientists had initially questioned whether booster injections were necessary for all Americans, and while some cities and states already allow all adults to receive boosters from the Pfizer vaccine, this is not yet official U.S. policy.
On Thursday, the Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker notes that all adults are now eligible for booster shots.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer urged residents to schedule their boosters on Wednesday. Michigan had the country’s second-highest number of cases in the past week, and its seven-day average — 7,187 — neared April and last December peaks.
Governors in California, New Mexico, Arkansas, West Virginia and Colorado have expanded admissions to all adults without waiting for the federal government.
Boosters are currently recommended for people who received their second Pfizer or Moderna shot at least six months ago if they are 65 years of age or older or are at high risk for COVID-19 due to health conditions or their working or living conditions. Boosters are also recommended for people who received the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine at least two months ago.
More than 31 million Americans have already received a dose higher than their original vaccination, data from the CDC shows.
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During an interview on NBC News’ “Hallie Jackson Now,” Fauci stressed the importance of booster availability and said the future of the pandemic “will be ours during the holiday season.”
“We need to start now to give everyone who qualifies… a boost,” he said. “And we have to realize that when you’re in a situation where you have 80-plus-thousand new cases a day, when you’re in an indoor environment where you check the vaccine status of the people in a converged setting.” [indoors], you must wear a mask.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.