Originally published: 20 OCT 21 02:16 ET
Updated: October 20, 21, 3:50 PM ET
Elizabeth Cohen, Holly Yang and Madeline Holcomb, CNN
(CNN) – Booster protection could soon expand to a much wider population, as the source says the US government is likely to soon recommend additional doses to people in their 40s who have received the Moderna or Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.
“I believe this will happen,” a source familiar with the plan, Elizabeth Cohen, told CNN. According to the source, “there is growing concern within the FDA” that US data is starting to show an increase in hospital admissions among people under the age of 65 who have been fully vaccinated.
However, Americans who have not been vaccinated are 18 times more likely to be hospitalized with Covid-19 than those who are vaccinated, said Dr. Rochelle Walenski, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Unvaccinated people are also 11 times more likely to die from Covid-19 compared to vaccinated people, Walensky said on Wednesday. They are also six times more likely to test positive for Covid-19.
“In August, when we experienced the peak of the Delta spill, 16 jurisdictions provided data on cases and deaths by vaccination status. In unvaccinated people, the risk of testing positive for Covid-19 was 6.1 times higher, ”said the director of the CDC.
Vaccination of young children will “play an important role” in slowing the spread of Covid-19, Fauci said.
Approximately 28 million children aged 5 to 11 may soon receive pediatric doses of Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine if the FDA approves vaccinations for this age group and if recommended by the CDC.
As Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday, vaccinating most children against Covid-19 “will play an important role” in slowing the spread of the disease.
“In the Delta era, children become infected as easily as adults. And they transmit infection just as easily as adults, ”said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“If we can vaccinate the vast majority of these 28 million children, I think it will play an important role in reducing the spread of the infection,” Fauci said at a White House briefing on Covid-19.
“This is one of the reasons why we want to do our best to vaccinate children between 5 and 11 years old.”
New Booster Shot News Coming Soon
Last month, the FDA authorized a Pfizer booster for people in certain high-risk groups who received a second dose of Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago.
This includes people aged 65 and over; adults whose health conditions are at high risk of severe illness from Covid-19; and adults who live or work in places that put them at high risk of contracting Covid-19.
FDA advisers recently recommended that people in the same high-risk groups who received the Moderna vaccine instead of the Pfizer vaccine also be able to receive a booster dose. But the FDA has not yet approved Moderna booster vaccines for these groups.
For those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, FDA advisers recommended that all adults who received a single vaccine receive a booster dose at least two months after the first vaccine. The FDA is reviewing this recommendation.
Schools are trying to get tested instead of isolating exposed students
While some schools have imposed strict quarantine and isolation rules for children exposed to the virus, the CDC is working with selected school districts to evaluate abandonment test programs.
Such programs first involve testing, rather than quarantining, students who may have contracted Covid-19 at school.
If exposed students test negative and have no symptoms, they can continue learning in person. If the test is positive, they should be isolated at home.
“In Marietta, we track students who test positive through the remaining test, which is 3%,” Grant Rivera, head of schools in the city of Marietta, Georgia, told CNN this week.
“Three percent of our students taking residence tests are positive, which means we can keep 97% of them in the classroom,” Rivera said. “This is an indicator of success.”
Under the traditional quarantine program, 97% of students with a negative test result still stay at home and do not go to school.
“I think for the foreseeable future, we’ll be here every morning on school day to make sure our kids have that opportunity,” Rivera said of the abandonment testing.
The CDC notes on its website that “test to stay” may be a practice of regular testing and contact tracing, but “other tiered prevention strategies such as universal masking are supported to reduce the spread of Covid-19.”
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