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CDC Vaccine Advisers Vote To Recommend Covid-19 Boosters For All Adults

Updated: 19 NOVEMBER 21 15:27 U

Jamie Gumbrecht and Jacqueline Howard, CNN

(CNN) – Vaccine Advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted unanimously 11-0 Friday to recommend booster doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna Covid-19 vaccine for all adults in the United States – for everyone ages 18 and older – six months after they finish the first two doses.

Members of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices also voted on the second issue, reinforcing the recommendation that people 50 and older should receive a booster dose of the vaccine.

The vote follows a FDA decision earlier Friday to authorize Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna Covid-19 vaccine boosters for all adults.

Boosters were previously approved for anyone over the age of 65 who had been vaccinated with Pfizer or Moderna vaccines at least six months ago, and for some adults at high risk of infection or severe illness.

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the FDA has worked to make timely public health decisions as the pandemic evolves. COVID-19 vaccines have proven to be the best and most effective protection against COVID-19. Authorizing the use of a single booster dose of COVID-19 Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for individuals aged 18 and over helps provide continued protection against COVID-19, including potential serious consequences such as hospitalization and death, ”said Acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock.

Recent real-world studies have shown that immunity from Covid-19 vaccines is beginning to weaken, and in particular, protection against milder and asymptomatic diseases may decrease. Research has shown that booster doses restore this immunity.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, also told CNN this week that recent data from Israel show that among people aged 60 and over, those who received the booster were less likely to get sicker than they were vaccinated. people who have not received booster vaccinations. Serious illness rates remained the highest among those who were not vaccinated.

Boosters can be formally assigned to all adults after CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walenski signs the recommendation.

However, most adults are already eligible for booster packs, and several states have officially opened booster packs for all adults.

“Everyone has the right”

Expanding the eligibility for booster packs for all adults in the United States may not change the logistics involved in getting shot at a gun.

Stocks of booster vaccine are already available in many places. “No additional steps” by the administration in the deployment of the boosters to come, Adrian Casalotti, head of government and public affairs for the National Association of County and City Health Officials, told CNN.

“Judging by our nationality, we have enough vaccine. There are many places to register. Obviously, this varies slightly depending on where you live geographically, because some areas have more demand than others, ”Casalotti told CNN.

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“But at the same time, I think that the main training is in the field of communication,” added Casalotti. “Talking to local healthcare providers and public health departments is so you don’t have to worry about eligibility if someone asks if they need boosters. This is information – everyone is eligible to participate in six months. “

More than 32 million people in the United States – about 16% of those fully vaccinated – have received a booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, according to the CDC.

About 18 million seniors have received a booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, according to the CDC, accounting for more than half of all booster doses administered and boosting the immune response in more than a third of fully vaccinated seniors.

The future of accelerators

The United States currently has an average of 94,943 new cases of Covid-19 each day, up 31% from last week and back to levels last seen more than a month ago, according to Johns Hopkins University. The states of the Midwest account for more than a third (38%) of new cases.

There are fears that winter weather is driving people into their homes, and holiday gatherings could lead to more cases of the disease.

“We definitely want people to be as protected as possible this season,” said Dr. Marcy Drys, chief infection prevention specialist and epidemiologist at ChristianaCare Hospital in Delaware.

Dries is a spokesman for the Society for Health Epidemiology of America on the CDC’s vaccine advisory committee.

“I think we are now at a stage where for many people who were vaccinated last winter and spring, there will now be a time when their defenses are weakening,” she said.

After people do receive booster shots for Covid-19, it’s unclear when they might need another dose of the vaccine – if ever.

“This is definitely a million dollar question. We know that boosters boost people’s immunity to a range of 90% to 95% in the short term. We don’t know how long this will last, ”Dries said.

“In a sense, we are paving the way for a new path – and a lot of this is due to whether we can get enough immunity from the population to actually stop further transmission,” Dries said. “We know that boosters will not stop the pandemic. They will help people and prevent them from getting sick, but we still need to insist that people get the first and second doses. ”

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