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The updated COVID-19 booster shots provide additional protection against infection compared to previous shots, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Updated boosters from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna that targets both the original strain of the virus from 2020 and the omicron subvariants BA.

4 and BA.5 offered additional protection against symptomatic COVID-19 infections when those who received the omicron boosters were compared to people who had received two, three or four doses of the original vaccines.

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"It is clear now, despite the initial bit of confusion, that the BA.4-5 bivalent booster, what we refer to as the updated vaccine, clearly induces a better response against BA.4-5 and sublineages of BA.4-5 than does the ancestral strain,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, at the White House briefing Tuesday.

The CDC study is the first to look at how the boosters perform in the public. It found that when the updated booster was administered eight months or more after a person's last COVID-19 shot, the vaccine was 56% effective at preventing symptomatic disease in people ages 18-49, 48% among those ages 50-64, and 43% among those age 65 and older.

The updated booster was less effective at preventing symptomatic illness in those who received it within two to three months of getting their last shot, with it being 30% effective among people ages 18-49, 31% among those ages 50-64, and 23% in those age 65 and older. The results indicate that people could still get breakthrough COVID-19 infections despite receiving the updated booster.

The study analyzed more than 360,000 viral tests among adults who received COVID-19 testing at nearly 10,000 retail pharmacies between Sept. 14 through Nov. 11, 2022, that had one or more symptoms associated with COVID-19.

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The results come as an uptick for the updated booster vaccines remains lackluster since they were first authorized in September. Roughly 35 million, or approximately 11%, of people ages 5 and older in the United States have gotten updated boosters so far, according to the CDC. The federal government purchased over 170 million doses of the updated shots from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna before the boosters were authorized.

The Biden administration has been hoping to get booster numbers up for the holiday season. On Tuesday, the administration started a six-week campaign focused on getting seniors and communities hit hard by COVID-19 their booster shots by allocating additional funding for community health centers and community-based organizations.

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Minnesota melts as Lil Kirko enjoys warm birthday welcome from Kirk Cousins and Vikings

Lincoln Gustafson, the Minnesota Vikings superfan known as “Lil Kirko”, was personally invited by Kirk Cousins to celebrate his 8th birthday with the team.

Before 2022, Minnesota Vikings fans were divided on Kirk Cousins. While Cousins has racked up passing yards for years on end, making Stefon Diggs and Justin Jefferson superstars in their own right, the Vikings didn’t have the record to show for it year after year.

There were even conversations about whether or not Kwesi Adofo-Mensah would trade Cousins, but alas, 2022 has silenced all the critics.

Kirk Cousins can absolutely win games, and that’s what he’s been doing the majority of the season. The 10-2 Vikings sit atop the NFC North and have marginally increased their odds of winning Super Bowl LVII since Week 10, with Minnesota now tied in sixth place with the Miami Dolphins and the Cincinnati Bengals at +1300 odds.

As a result, Cousins’ teammates and fans have been more supportive than ever, evidenced by a new superfan who’s been replicating another iconic Cousins moment. A Washington Kirk Cousins gave the world a timeless catchphrase, but a Vikings Kirk Cousins has given us a whole new look.

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— The 33rd Team (@The33rdTeamFB) November 9, 2022

While Adam Schefter struggled to pull it off in primetime, Lincoln Gustafson, the boy affectionately known as “Lil Kirko”, has become famous for embodying Cousins’ shirtless chained-out style. Lil Kirko has been showing up to Vikings games copying Cousins’ look and his dance moves, which caught the eye of Cousins himself.

Cousins was so thrilled to see the passionate young fan that he personally invited Gustafson and his family to attend the Vikings’ Week 12 game at U.S. Bank Stadium.

.@KirkCousins8 said bring him back, so you know we had to bring him back. pic.twitter.com/PgfEwYO6wP

— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) December 2, 2022

Once Lil Kirko entered the building, Minnesota fans and media took notice, celebrating Gustafson for his fandom and his eighth birthday, which lands exactly on Dec. 4.

Kirk Cousins and Minnesota Vikings rally around Lil Kirko for 8th birthday celebration

Evan Washburn wondered if Lil Kirko is in line to get an agent because he is “a star on the rise”, and it’s hard not to agree with him.

Lil Kirko is in the building ????

(via @NFL)pic.twitter.com/wv2H2gWKAj

— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 4, 2022

Lil Kirko Chainz with all that bling ✨ pic.twitter.com/PGT4mGcotm

— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) December 4, 2022

The young superfan has energized a fanbase thrilled to see Cousins thrive and truly enjoy that success with his teammates. Again, it’s been a hard few years for the Vikings, and it’s been a long time since they’ve been one of the NFL’s most dominant teams.

Lil Kirko even showed off his dance moves alongside FOX9’s Hannah Flood, as Flood mirrored his side-to-side dance moves.

Learning from the best… @Vikings @fox9 #kirko pic.twitter.com/ePZtW6rAQz

— Hannah Flood (@hannahfloodfox9) December 4, 2022

Dawn Mitchell, another reporter for FOX9, expressed her excitement at seeing Kid Kirko celebrate his birthday with thousands of Vikings fans.

Look who is back! Kirk Cousins making sure Kid Kirko came back (and for his 8th birthday – how fitting is that for a number?!) Vikings giving him tickets to be here today … chains again and all! #skol pic.twitter.com/PE7kjdQEMr

— Dawn Mitchell (@DawnAtFOX9) December 4, 2022

Its Kid Kirkos 8th bday today – lets give him a win, boys! #SKOL https://t.co/XPAHxz7407

— Amy Hockert (@AmyHockert) December 4, 2022

Kirko Chains Jr. Is in the building for the #Vikings game. And it’s his 8h birthday. #skol @FOX9 pic.twitter.com/N3zRD4qN4q

— Jeff Wald (@JeffWaldFox9) December 4, 2022

Star Tribune photographer Carlos Gonzalez snapped a picture of Gustafson on the sideline before the game.

Minnesota Vikings fan Lincoln Gustafson aka “Lil Kirko Chainz” on the sidelines before the #NYJvsMIN game. Today is his Eighth birthday. pic.twitter.com/k8kxHzVMxB

— Carlos Gonzalez (@CarlosGphoto) December 4, 2022

One Vikings fan likened Lil Kirko to Dr. Evil’s miniature twin, Mini Me, from the Austin Powers trilogy.

I present to you Lil Kirko Chainz pic.twitter.com/Wo06uci09u

— Drew????????⚔️ (@MINTakesExposed) December 4, 2022

As much as fans were delighted to see Gustafson in the stands, what’s even better is that all Minnesota fans shared the best gift of all: a win over the New York Jets.

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