Health officials approved booster shots for all US adults last week to address an increase in COVID-19 cases as well as concerns about upcoming winter and holiday seasons, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, said Monday.
Walensky said that the CDC is always monitoring the state pandemic and that our current surveillance shows a rise in cases over the past few weeks.
“Heading into the winter months when respiratory viruses are more likely to spread, and with plans for more holidays and gatherings increasing the overall protection of people against COVID-19-related diseases and death was a must to do now.”
The most recent 7-day average number of cases is 92800 per day, which is an increase of 18% over last week.
Hospitalization rates have increased by 6 percent, with a daily average of 5600, Walensky said.
Anthony S. Fauci MD, a COVID-19 expert, declared that the United States, Brazil, Israel and Brazil are all seeing the safety and effectiveness of booster shots.
A study in Israel found that the risk of developing serious illness decreased by almost 20 percent after 12 days after receiving an additional dose.
He stated that the boosters could provide the greatest protection of all COVID-19 shots to date. far, during the briefing.
Fauci declared that boosters “not only perform, but they actually work better than the peak response that follows the second dose.”
Walensky stated that the pandemic continues to be driven by the unvaccinated. According to the most current information available on the CDC data tracker, unvaccinated people are six times more likely to test positive for the virus nine times more likely to be hospitalized, and 14 times more likely to die.
She noted that 47 million Americans and 12 million teens aren’t yet vaccine-free.
Walensky advised taking all the available precautions before gathering for the holidays, most importantly getting vaccinated and boosted. A COVID-19 test at home can provide an extra layer of protection, she added.
Walensky said, “Most tragic is the vaccine-preventable deaths that we are still seeing from this disease.” “If you or your family members aren’t yet vaccinated, please consider the benefits of vaccination.”
News briefing, White House COVID-19 Response team November 22, 2021
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