Nearly 2M COVID booster shots administered in first week, White House says

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Third dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine aims to increase protection against serious disease among certain high-risk groups

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Nearly 2 million COVID-19 vaccine booster shots had been administered in the past week, White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Gents announced at a briefing on Friday. US health officials last week recommended a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine among certain high-risk groups to increase protection against serious illness.

“As we do not vaccinate, we are also increasing protection for vaccinated Americans through booster shots. We estimate that by the end of the day, about 2 million Americans will have up their sleeves and booster shots. would have received about 2 million booster shots in the first week,” Ziants said during a virtual White House briefing on Friday, calling it a “very strong start.”

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Earlier in the week, Biden administration said more than 400,000 Americans received COVID-19 Another million had signed up to get booster shots over the weekend in pharmacies only, and to get an extra jab after it was approved for seniors and high-risk people last week. Some 20 million Americans are now eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot, and in the coming months, 60 million will become eligible As An interval of six months from the primary series.

Dr. Imran Sharif, a pulmonologist in California, told Granthshala News about the “busy, long lines” at the Northridge Hospital Medical Center booster clinic in Los Angeles, and in the Orange County community, Sharif said most seniors are receiving boosters. and patients with immunocompromising conditions are receiving a third mRNA shot. According to US Surgeon General Dr Vivek Murthy, three high-risk groups are eligible for a Pfizer-BioNTech booster approximately six months after the primary series:

  • people 65 years of age or older and those living in long-term care facilities
  • People aged 50-64 with medical conditions and at higher risk for serious COVID-19 disease (such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic kidney disease). People aged 18-49 with underlying conditions may get a shot and should consider the individual benefits and risks.
  • People aged 18-64 who live or work in settings where there is an increased risk of COVID-19 (including healthcare workers, teachers, individuals living in shelters or prisons, and grocery store workers)

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A small fraction of Americans with moderate to severe immunocompromised had previously also qualified for the third dose. Murthy advised to come vaccines.gov Offering COVID-19 booster doses to thousands of locations across the country.

number of daily COVID-19 Infections and hospitalizations are declining in the US; As of September 27, the country was recording a seven-day moving average of 110,232 new daily cases, down 30.9% from 159,515 on August 27, while new COVID-related hospitalizations were reported. fell 31% from 12,330 to 8,507.

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“I think we’re seeing it [decline] Very carefully and we really understand that the impact of Delta may be a little different,” Dr. Rochelle Valensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said during the briefing, “as these cases come down.” The most important thing we can do is to continue to practice mitigation strategies that we know work…

Granthshala News’ Braque Dumas contributed to this report.


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