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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of people promoting the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States now far exceeds the number of people receiving their first shots.
This trend represents a major success for the White House offensive booster campaign. But it also highlights the administration’s efforts to achieve its high priority of vaccinating other non-vaccinated Americans.
More than 21 million people have already received a booster in a short time that they are widely available, According to the CDC website. And Now receiving more than 786,000 boosters every day. Average. That’s almost three times the number for their first shots, although a rollout for kids under 12 could soon change that equation.
This is not surprising: the same people who are running for their first job seemingly anxious for their third, and Booster recommendations, announced in late October According to some estimates, two out of every three vaccinated people are eligible.
This trend is being praised by many public health experts. Boosters will help protect people who have become more vulnerable due to low immunity, especially against the Delta variant. This will help prevent more people from getting sick or spreading the virus to others, and should prevent hospitalization and deaths.
“I think people who are eligible for boosters should get it,” he says. Dr. Robert Watcher, Head of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. “The statistics are clear that your immunity is running out and it’s not good for you or for the community if more people become weaker.”
But some fear that the focus on boosters has diverted from the more important goal of vaccinating tens of millions of people who are eligible but have not yet been vaccinated. As of Thursday, more than 222 million Americans, or 67% of the population, had received at least their first shot.
The large number of people who have not been vaccinated is the main reason why more than 70,000 people are still infected with the virus every day. Many hospitals are still full And more than a thousand are still dying every day.
“I think it’s terrible,” he says Dr. Paul Affet, A vaccine and infectious disease researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. “If you look at people over the age of 12 who come to the intensive care unit at the University of Pennsylvania or Children’s Hospital, they are not in the intensive care unit because they did not get their third dose. Are in the unit because no food has been found. “
Aft calls the rush of extra shots “boostermania” – an unfounded panic caused by the administration’s promise of booster for all those who raise serious suspicions about the vaccine.
“We need to vaccinate non-vaccinators, not vaccinators,” he said.
Jennifer NozzoA senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Safety says she is concerned that pressure for boosters has made it difficult for non-vaccinators to finally agree to roll up their sleeves.
“It made them think that maybe they should just wait because maybe one day a better vaccine will be available, that somehow we were still tinkering with this recipe,” she says.
She says the government should work hard to vaccinate people who cannot afford to take time off work.
The office will want more vaccine mandates, such as those that need to fly locally to be vaccinated first.
The latest CDC data shows that almost everyone who has actually received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine is stuck with the same brand. But only 18% of J&J recipients went with the vaccine as a booster. This is after revealing one of the research. The mRNA vaccine seems to work much better. Pumping the immune system.
Although currently only certain types of people who are considered high risk can get boosters, federal officials are already hinting that they can further expand the eligibility for boosters.