Fauci says eligible Americans should ‘by all means’ get their Covid booster shots

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  • Fauci attributed the rising number of COVID cases across the country to the nearly 60 million eligible individuals who remain unimmunized against the virus.
  • He referenced Israeli data showing that a COVID booster dose reduced recipients’ chances for infection and severe symptoms.
  • As of Monday, the CDC reported that about 30.1 million people nationwide have received an additional dose of a COVID vaccine.

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White House Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci is calling on eligible Americans to get their COVID-19 booster shots as the holiday season draws to a close and cases continue to rise across the country, fueled by upheaval in the Midwest and Northeast. Inspired.

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Fauci blamed the rising cases nationwide on the nearly 60 million eligible individuals who remain unimmunized against the virus. About 28 million children ages 5 to 11 have access to Pfizer’s two-dose vaccine earlier this month after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved a booster dose for nearly 100 million people earlier this month. expanded.

“The primary thing that’s always been done is non-vaccination,” Fauci said in an interview on “The News with Shepard Smith” Monday night. “But for those who deserve to be promoted in every way, go and get promoted.”

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Fauci cited Israeli data showing that the COVID booster dose reduced recipients’ chances for infection and severe symptoms. Researchers in Israel also demonstrated the low effectiveness of Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID shots in a study of nearly 4.8 million vaccinated adults, which found higher rates of infection across all age groups than those who completed their second shot in mid-January. were with. Vaccination in February and March.

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As of Monday, the CDC reported that about 30.1 million people nationwide have received an additional dose of a COVID vaccine. Boosters are available for select Pfizer and Moderna recipients, including all adults 65 and older, all adults with medical conditions that lead to complications of COVID, adults working in an adult or group setting, and 18 years of age Any front-line worker who is of age or older is at high risk of exposure to the virus. ,

But anyone receiving Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose vaccine is eligible for a booster, regardless of their medical or occupational risks.

Fauci’s remarks came hours after he discussed the rise in COVID cases affecting select areas in an interview with the Center for Bipartisan Policy. The US recorded a seven-day average of more than 82,000 new cases on Sunday, up 11% from a week earlier, according to a CNBC analysis of Johns Hopkins University data.

JHU said that in the last seven days, the average cases have increased by 37 per cent in the Northeast and 19 per cent in the Midwest. The country’s case count last week was 57% lower than the peak of this summer’s delta surge, with infections per day between 70,000 and 75,000 for more than two weeks before experiencing three consecutive days of increases starting Friday. .

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