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    Roughly 1 million children in the greater London area will be offered a polio booster after the virus was detected in multiple samples in the city's sewer system, health officials said Wednesday. The vaccine, which was detected in 19 sewer samples between February and July, will be offered to children between the ages of 1 and 9 as a precautionary measure, authorities said. No cases of the virus have been reported in the city. The most serious consequence of those who do get the virus is permanent paralysis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. DOZENS SICKENED AFTER VISIT TO KANSAS SPLASH PAD, CDC STUDY SAYS "It is vital parents ensure their children are fully vaccinated for their age," Dr. Vanessa Saliba, a consultant epidemiologist at the United Kingdom's Health Security Agency, said in a press release. "No cases of polio have been reported and for the majority of the population, who are fully vaccinated, the risk is low. But we know the areas in London where the poliovirus is being transmitted have some...
    (CNN)While Covid-19 may have started to become an afterthought to many Americans, it may feel like a new variant snuck up and is now driving infection and hospitalization rates higher.The new subvariant of Omicron, BA.5, shows how the virus continues to evolve around the best efforts of humanity to defeat it.The surge in cases is global, thanks to both BA.5 and another subvariant, BA.4, according to CNN's report by Eliza Mackintosh.She explains how BA.5 is able to get around vaccine protections to infect people, although it has not yet produced a surge in the most serious cases that lead to ICU admissions and deaths in the US.BA.5 is now the dominant variant in the USRead MoreIt is transmissible even to people who were recently infected with Covid-19 as well as those who are fully vaccinated.In the latest example of the evolving science moving the goal posts for protection against severe cases of Covid-19, second boosters -- beyond full vaccination, an initial booster and previous infection -- are now the best protection for older Americans.Get boosted. And if you can, get...
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The European Union said Monday it’s “critical” that authorities in the 27-nation bloc consider giving second coronavirus booster shots to people between the ages of 60 and 79 years and other vulnerable people, as a new wave of the pandemic sweeps over the continent. “With cases and hospitalizations rising again as we enter the summer period, I urge everybody to get vaccinated and boosted as quickly as possible. There is no time to lose,” European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Stella Kyriakides said in a statement. The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Medicines Agency said that the second boosters can be given at least four months after the first booster. Monday’s advice comes after the agencies in April recommended that people over age 80 be considered for a second booster. “As a new wave is currently underway in Europe, with increasing rates of hospital and intensive care unit admissions, it is critical that public health authorities now consider people between 60 and 79 as well as...
    "As any physician or health expert will tell you, it's critical you go and get the shot that's waiting for you," he continued. "Like the virus, immunity also evolves and Omicron has cruelly made us understand that two doses is no longer enough." Though Duclos claimed that Canada is "behind" in boosters, 86% of Canadians age 5 and older have received at least the initial two-shot vaccinations. "If you look at our vaccination rate, we had the highest in the entire G10," Dr. Fahad Razak said. "We had the lowest number of people infected and lowest of people dying." G10 refers to the G7 countries, plus Sweden, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. But despite these high rates of vaccination, officials are still preparing for a resurgence of COVID this fall, and Duclos refused to rule out the possibility of more vaccine mandates. When reporters asked him about a return to mandates, Duclos gave nebulous, boilerplate responses. "We must continue to fight against COVID," he said. "We want to be prepared for next fall and that requires an up-to-date vaccination, which...
    BRITS have been urged to come forward for their Covid boosters as immunity has been found to wane faster in the over 55s. Many people have now had three jabs with some in vulnerable groups having had four. 1Brits have been urged to come forward for their spring boosters as vaccine immunity wanesCredit: PA Now a report from experts at King's College London has found that a third dose of a jab boosts effectiveness - especially in the over 55s. Over a million people have now received a spring booster, just two weeks since the latest phase of the campaign was launched. The NHS is continuing to urge people to come forward for a fourth dose when they become eligible, with 570,000 more set to be invited next week. The latest rollout includes the over 75s, adult care home residents and those who are immunosuppressed aged 12 and over. Read more on Covid-19FRESH HOPE Covid cases 'plateauing' in England as UK sees 41,384 new daily infectionsLONG HAUL Over 750k Brits plagued by long Covid symptoms for at least a year Published in the Lancet, the...
    Kevin Dietsch | Getty Images Facebook parent Meta Platforms will stop insisting that employees have Covid booster shots in order to come to its facilities in the U.S., a spokesperson confirmed to CNBC on Friday. Technology companies have begun the process of luring their workers back to their corporate campuses. Meta, as well as Microsoft, held broad U.S. office reopenings on Monday. "We updated our requirements in early March to align with CDC guidance, and now Covid-19 boosters are no longer required for entry, though strongly recommended," the spokesperson wrote in an email. "The primary vaccination requirement (one or two-shot series) remains in place." The about-face comes less than three months after the social network operator announced rules for a return to the office. The Meta spokesperson did not provide an explanation for the change. In California, where Meta has its headquarters, 71% of the population is fully vaccinated, while 35% has received a booster shot, according to New York Times data. Case counts have fallen since January, the newspaper's data shows. Apple, also based in California's San Francisco Bay...
    During an interview aired on Friday’s “PBS NewsHour,” White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain dismissed “ridiculous” criticisms of the Biden administration for mixed signals on the coronavirus response and who is in charge and argued that “we’ve done our jobs in terms of advancing this COVID response, making the tools available for people to manage the COVID response.” And that “We need the American people to take advantage of” vaccines and boosters. Host Judy Woodruff asked, “I’m sure you are aware there’s been a lot of commentary, even criticism of the administration for mixed signals on boosters in the last part of last year, and mixed signals, frankly, on who’s in charge when it comes to COVID policy and what the American people should do. How do you answer that?” Klain responded, “Well, Judy, I think that’s ridiculous. Jeff Zients has been the director of the COVID response since the early days of the transition, and his leadership has been exceptional. We got here, 2% of — less than two million Americans were fully vaccinated. Now, that number’s over...
    (CNN)The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is clarifying the Covid-19 vaccination schedule for people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised, it said Friday, to address some of the challenges they may be having in getting an additional dose.The CDC has been recommending that immunocompromised people who got an mRNA vaccine get an additional booster, a fourth shot, at least five months after their third shot. It's going to revise these guidelines to encourage a booster at three months instead. This applies to people 18 and older who got the Moderna vaccine and people 12 and older who got the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.CDC recommends FDA-approved Moderna Covid-19 vaccine for adultsCNN recently reported that some pharmacies were turning away immunocompromised people who went in for a fourth shot. People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised have lower vaccine effectiveness, and their vaccine protection wanes over time. The CDC estimates that about 7 million Americans have weakened immune systems because of diseases like advanced HIV or medications such as those used for cancer treatment."There has been recent confusion about the recommendations for...
    THOUSANDS more Brits are able to book in for their life-saving boosters from today, the NHS has announced. People aged 16 and over who are severely immunosuppressed can go online and use the national booking service to book their booster jabs. 1People who are immunosuppressed are now able to come forward for their fourth Covid vaccineCredit: PA So far more than nine out of ten of those who are severely immunosuppressed have had a third Covid-19 vaccination and the opening up of the service today will mean that they get their boosters, which will be a fourth dose. Millions of people have now been boosted in the fight against Omicron and health officials have repeatedly said that getting vaccinated is the best way to protect everyone from catching the bug. Most people who catch the Omicron virus are presenting with cold-like symptoms and for most people it is milder than the variants that came before it. A string of positive studies show Omicron is milder than other strains, especially in the vaccinated. The NHS says that there are around 400,000 people that are immunosuppressed and...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A dramatic drop in the number of Americans getting COVID-19 booster shots has doctors issuing urgent pleas for people to get the extra dose of protection. There’s also confusion about certain high-risk groups and when they should get vaccinations. People who are immunocompromised need to get four shots of vaccine, but apparently, that’s not understood by some drug stores who received a warning from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even if you’re not high risk, boosters are still recommended, but they’re not being received by a growing number of Americans. READ MORE: Despite Uncertain Track, Crews In Tri-State Region Prepping Roads For Nor'easterBooster shots prevent severe disease and hospitalizations, but there’s been a sharp decline of 55% in the last month in the number of people getting that extra shot of protection. “Convincing people that they need that additional dose is a little bit of a heavy lift,” Health Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Bettigole said. Nationally, just 40% of those eligible have received booster shots. In Pennsylvania, the rate is only 23% of residents getting...
    (CNN)Three large new studies from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlight the importance of getting a booster shot to provide the best protection against the Omicron coronavirus variant.This is the first real-life data to examine the effect of boosters against Omicron, which now accounts for more than 99% of coronavirus cases in the United States. The studies, released Friday, raise the question of whether people with just two vaccine doses should still be considered fully vaccinated."I think we have to redefine fully vaccinated as three doses," said Dr. William Schaffner, a longtime CDC vaccine adviser who was not involved with the studies. Omicron cases dip in the US overall, but the wave is far from over in many parts of the countryThe studies have an enormous scope, involving millions of cases, hundreds of thousands of visits to emergency departments and urgent care centers, and tens of thousands of hospitalizations among adults. Getting boosted was 90% effective at preventing hospitalizations during a period in December and January when Omicron was the dominant variant, according to a CDC...
    STANFORD — Hundreds of people have signed a petition urging Stanford University to repeal its mandate that all students and staff get a booster shot before the end of the month. Nearly 1,600 people have signed the petition started by Stanford PhD candidate Monte Fischer a week ago asking the school to take back its Dec. 16 decision requiring everyone to get boosters unless they have a medical or religious exemption. Amid the rapid spread of the omicron variant, Stanford announced it would begin the winter quarter with online instruction for the first two weeks. Starting Tuesday, students returned to in-person classes but must provide documentation of a booster shot by Jan. 31, and some students aren’t having it. “We are not anti-booster or anti-vaccination,” Ficher writes. “We are pro-bodily autonomy and support the rights of Stanford students to evaluate the data and make their own medical choices.” Stanford did not return requests for comment. According to university data, at least 95% of all students, faculty and post-doctorate workers are vaccinated, while the other 5% have noted specific religious or...
    A nurse prepares a syringe with a dose of the Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Enfermera Isabel Zendal hospital in Madrid, Spain, July 23, 2021.Juan Medina | Reuters Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel on Thursday said the efficacy of boosters against Covid-19 will likely decline over time, and people may need a fourth shot in the fall of 2022 to increase their protection. Bancel said people who received their boosters in the fall of 2021 will likely have enough protection to get them through the winter, when new infections surge as people gather indoors to escape the cold. However, Bancel said the efficacy of boosters will probably decline over the course of several months, similar to what happened with the first two doses. The Moderna chief was interviewed by Goldman Sachs during the investment bank's health-care CEO conference. "I will be surprised when we get that data in the coming weeks that it's holding nicely over time — I would expect that it's not gonna hold great," Bancel said, referring to the strength of the booster shots. The world is...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reinforced federal regulators’ decision earlier this week to authorize Pfizer booster doses for healthy people ages 12-15, a move that comes amid growing concerns that federal regulators are shutting out vaccine experts from decision-making. CHILDREN HOSPITALIZED WITH COVID-19 HITS RECORD LEVELS AS OMICRON RAGES The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted 13-1 to recommend administering Pfizer booster doses to otherwise healthy adolescents ages 12-17 just hours before CDC Director Rochelle Walensky gave her final approval. The FDA authorized booster shots for 12- to 15-year-olds Monday and for 16- and 17-year-olds last month without convening its committee of vaccine experts, making Wednesday’s the latest authorization in a succession of green lights for extra doses meant to slow down the spread of the highly contagious omicron variant. “The FDA experts are right in being hesitant to authorize boosters in young people,” said Dr. Marty Makary, a professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and outspoken critic of the Biden administration’s push for boosters in healthy young people. “We're in...
    (CNN)The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted 13-1 Wednesday in favor of expanding the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine booster recommendation to include people as young as 12. The new recommendation: "A single Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-10 vaccine booster dose is recommended for persons aged 12 to 17 years at least 5 months after primary series under the FDA's emergency use authorization."CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky must sign off on the recommendation for it to take effect. A record-high number of kids are getting hospitalized with Covid-19 as overall Covid-19 hospitalizations soar past the Delta peakThe advisers made the recommendation after hearing research on rare cases of myocarditis and pericarditis in young people who have gotten Covid-19 vaccines and noting that many parents are concerned about long-term side effects of vaccines. They also considered that vaccine uptake among 12- to 17-year-olds has slowed recently and weighed the record numbers of Covid-19 cases in children amid a surge of the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the coronavirus.On Monday, the FDA expanded the emergency use authorization for Pfizer's Covid-19...
    PHILADELPHIA -- Why are so many vaccinated people getting COVID-19 lately?A couple of factors are at play, starting with the emergence of the highly contagious omicron variant. Omicron is more likely to infect people, even if it doesn't make them very sick, and its surge coincided with the holiday travel season in many places.People might mistakenly think the COVID-19 vaccines will completely block infection, but the shots are mainly designed to prevent severe illness, says Louis Mansky, a virus researcher at the University of Minnesota.And the vaccines are still doing their job on that front, particularly for people who've gotten boosters.Two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine still offer strong protection against serious illness from omicron. While those initial doses aren't very good at blocking omicron infection, boosters - particularly with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines - rev up levels of the antibodies to help fend off infection.Omicron appears to replicate much more efficiently than previous variants. And if infected people have high virus loads, there's a greater likelihood they'll...
    OVER two million people were hit with Covid in the week up to Christmas, new data has revealed. It's the highest number of people to have the bug since 2020 and around one in 25 people in England are currently infected with the bug. 1Millions of people were infected with Covid-19 in the week before ChristmasCredit: Dan Charity It comes as experts say that most people who catch the Omicron variant, which is now responsible for 90 per cent of cases in the UK, will suffer more cold-like symptoms. A string of hugely positive studies show Omicron IS milder than other strains, with the first official UK report revealing the risk of hospitalisation is 50 to 70 per cent lower than with Delta. Covid booster jabs protect against Omicron and offer the best chance to get through the pandemic, health officials have repeatedly said. The Sun's Jabs Army campaign is helping get the vital extra vaccines in Brits' arms to ward off the need for any new restrictions. Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released this afternoon revealed that the highest rate of...
    A FURTHER 39,923 Brits have tested positive for the Omicron variant today, bringing the total number of infections to 210,122. Prime Minister Boris Johnson today urged everyone to come forward for the boosters and 'finish the job'. 3Brits are preparing for New Year's celebrations after they were given the go ahead by ministersCredit: EPA 3 Hospitalisation levels remain low - and this is a key element in determining further restrictions. It comes as a string of hugely positive studies show Omicron IS milder than other strains, with the first official UK report revealing the risk of hospitalisation is 50 to 70 per cent lower than with Delta. Covid booster jabs protect against Omicron and offer the best chance to get through the pandemic, health officials have repeatedly said. The Sun's Jabs Army campaign is helping get the vital extra vaccines in Brits' arms to ward off the need for any new restrictions. Mr Johnson urged all Brits to come forward for their booster jabs today and said that around 90 per cent of people receiving treatment in intensive care for Omicron have not received their...
    PRIME minister Boris Johnson has revealed that 90 per cent of Brits being treated in intensive care with Covid have not had their booster vaccines. Two vaccine doses alone are not enough to protect against the Omicron variant and the PM continued today to urge everyone to get their booster dose. 3Prime Minister Boris Johnson today warned Brits that the majority of people in ICU have not had their booster vaccinesCredit: AP 3 The Omicron variant - which is now responsible for 90 per cent of cases in the UK, has left most people suffering cold-like symptoms. A string of hugely positive studies show Omicron IS milder than other strains, with the first official UK report revealing the risk of hospitalisation is 50 to 70 per cent lower than with Delta. Covid booster jabs protect against Omicron and offer the best chance to get through the pandemic, health officials have repeatedly said. The Sun's Jabs Army campaign is helping get the vital extra vaccines in Brits' arms to ward off the need for any new restrictions. On a visit to a vaccine centre in Milton...
    President Joe Biden urged people to receive their coronavirus vaccines and boosters on Tuesday — and uncharacteristically praised his predecessor in the process. Biden, outlining the specifics of his plan to boost testing and vaccination efforts in the face of a winter omicron wave, claimed that the work of the Trump administration made it possible for the United States to be "one of the first countries to get the vaccine." mp BIDEN PLANS TO MAIL OUT 500 MILLION COVID TESTS, DEPLOY TROOPS TO FIGHT OMICRON WAVE He also specifically pointed to former President Donald Trump's announcement over the weekend that he, like Biden, had received his coronavirus booster shot and urged his supporters to do the same. "I got my booster shot as soon as they're available, and just the other day former President Trump announced he had gotten his booster shot," Biden stated. "That may be one of the few things he and I agree on. People with booster shots are highly protected, so join us." The president also directly criticized people he claimed are "peddling lies" and misinformation...
    THE NUMBER of Brits receiving boosters has DOUBLED in a week amid the spread of the Omicron variant. More than 800,000 people were jabbed on Friday alone - compared to 400,000 the previous week. 4Nalini Naidoo receives the Covid-19 booster vaccine at a vaccination centre at Vestry Hall in SheffieldCredit: LNP 4 Yesterday cases of Covid-19 reached their highest daily total for a second day in a row. A total of 88,376 new infections were reported and Omicron cases increased by 16 per cent with a further 1,691 being reported. In order to curb infections and save Christmas, Brits have been urged to come forward and get their booster jabs either by booking on the NHS portal or by going to a walk-in centres. The Sun is also urging readers to sign up to the Jabs Army campaign to make the rollout as smooth and fast as possible. And yesterday showed that Brits are listening to advice - with hundreds of thousands turning out to get their third jab. In England 740,775 people received their booster, while in Scotland 59,782...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The omicron variant arrived just in time for one of the busiest travel weekends and weeks of the year, keeping local health care professionals concerned."This is the moment to tighten our efforts," Dr. Jorge Salinas said.Dr. Salinas, hospital epidemiologist at Stanford University, says the risks of the variant have him encouraging everyone to reconsider traveling this holiday season.RELATED: COVID-19 fears dash hopes for the holiday season - again"It transmits so well that it produces explosive outbreaks," Dr. Salinas said, "When it enters a gathering, it can affect everybody at the gathering."Though he's discouraging travel, Dr. Salinas says if you have to gather, there are safer ways to go about it. This includes testing beforehand, making sure you're vaccinated and boosted and that the others you'll be with are too."If you're going to gather in an indoor space, try to do it in a well-ventilated space," Dr. Salinas said, "Open doors and windows, try to have few people in the gathering, wear masks if you can."Tips Dr. Salinas says most are already familiar with, he says that...
    NEW YORK -- This holiday season held promise for Americans, many of whom spent Christmas 2020 in quarantine or away from loved ones due to a nasty winter COVID-19 surge.Yet in the last week or so, new and worsening problems stemming from the pandemic have damped this excitement. The threat of the new omicron variant looms, businesses and schools close due to COVID-19 exposure and testing lines wrap around city blocks.Armed with vaccine protection but wary of the unknown, the nation faces a new chapter in the pandemic saga, leaving many to struggle with processing the present and mapping out the future.EMBED More News Videos This year's holiday season was supposed to be a do-over for last year's subdued celebrations. Instead it's turning into a redux of restrictions, cancellations and rising angst over the never-ending pandemic. Here is what we know about the current state of the pandemic in this country, the science of the omicron variant, the promise of booster shots and the probability of shutdowns designed to slow COVID-19's spread:The state of COVID in the U.S. and predictions...
    Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., July 20, 2021.Stefani Reynolds | Pool | Reuters WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden's top medical advisor, said Thursday that omicron will become the dominant Covid-19 variant in the United States within a few weeks, urging people to get vaccines and booster shots to fight it off. "It is the most transmissible virus of Covid that we had to deal with those far. It will soon become dominant here. That's one thing we know," Fauci told a virtual U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation audience. Fauci urged people who are not yet inoculated against Covid and those who are eligible for a booster to receive their doses. He described the omicron variant as "a threat in front of us right now." "When you look at the pace of the infections now, things will get worse as we go into the depth of the winter," he said. "And with omicron breathing...
    Public health experts worry pandemic fatigue will stymie national efforts to get shots in arms as evidence piles up that a booster shot will be needed to effectively fight off infection from the omicron variant. “As the data become clearer, boosters are going to be a very important part of our preparedness for dealing with omicron and even dealing with delta,” said Dr. Thomas Giordano, an infectious disease expert at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. “If I were in charge of the marketing, I would say, 'If you're tired of COVID-19, get a booster,' because this is the surest way to help keep the numbers down.” CALIFORNIA REINSTATES MASK MANDATE AMID SURGING CASES Evidence that an additional dose of vaccine will be necessary to fight off severe illness is mounting, yet people are not likely to put their social lives on hold because of increased community spread caused by the omicron variant. For instance, just 28% of people surveyed in a new Axios -Ipsos poll say they are likely to stop gathering with others outside...
    OMICRON cases have risen by 54 per cent in 24 hours as Brits have been urged to get their boosters as soon as eligible. There are now a total of 1,265 confirmed cases of the variant, but the UK Health and Security Agency (UKHSA) say there are likely thousands more. 1Omicron is projected to become the dominant variant in the UK by mid-December. Pictured: Covent GardenCredit: Reuters The health agency provided the first UK-based batch of evidence on vaccine efficacy against the strain, showing that three shots were far more protective than two. Dr Jenny Harries, UKHSA Chief Executive said: “Once again, we urge everyone who is able to get a booster jab to come forward and do so. It is the best defence we have against this highly transmissible new variant." Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, said: “Today’s new data shows how important booster jabs are to protect us against this variant. “They are our best defence and we have turbocharged our rollout programme inviting seven million more people over the age...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- New studies show that pediatric cases of COVID-19 have jumped nearly 900% since last summer. Kids now make up almost a quarter of all cases in the U.S.The CDC director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, says the agency is now considering expanding booster shots to younger kids in the coming months."We're first starting to get our five-to-11-year-olds vaccinated," she said. "We'll look again at the 12-to-15-year-olds, of course, as with the FDA, in real time."But as health officials work to expand vaccine eligibility some Americans are refusing to get their shots.Roughly two-thirds of parents of elementary school-aged children are either holding off on getting their younger kids vaccinated or refuse to do so.Here are more of today's COVID-19 headlines:Hochul to announce 'additional steps' as NY hospitalizations trend upGovernor Kathy Hochul is making a stop in the Lincoln Square neighborhood Friday morning to talk about additional steps she's taking to combat a surge in COVID cases in New York. The steps are mostly being enacted upstate and it's all about vaccinations. New York City and surrounding areas have the...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The U.S. is expanding COVID vaccine boosters shots to people as young as 16 years old. CBS2, CBSN New York and CBSNewYork.com will have more on this breaking news.
    NEW data proves how critical Covid vaccine boosters are amid the spread of Omicron across the world. A study has shown that people who had top-up doses were 90 per cent less likely to die of the virus compared to those who had two shots. 1A patient receives a Pfizer booster shot at Swaminarayan School vaccination centre, in LondonCredit: AP In both the triple and double-jabbed, deaths would have been much lower than the unvaccianted. The Sun's Jab's Army has called upon all Brits to come forward and have their life-saving shot, with volunteers also needed to drive the rollout. It is the crucial way to “save Christmas” from devastating restrictions while keeping loved ones as safe as possible.  For the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Israeli researchers studied almost 850,000 people over the age of 50. All had been given two doses of Pfizer at least five months earlier. But only 90 per cent had received a booster shot. The Pfizer jab is also used for top-ups in the UK. Covid deaths were compared between...
    BRITAIN might have better immunity to Omicron to help us avoid a terrifying surge like the one in South Africa, scientists say. Imperial College London experts say people in the UK have different – and probably better – protection from Covid which could keep the mutant strain at bay. 1The UK's huge vaccine rollout and boosters for all should shore up defences against Omicron (Pictured: A man getting boosted today in London)Credit: AP One of the biggest fears about Omicron is that it will be able to reinfect people who have been jabbed or already survived Covid. An early study by South Africa’s infectious disease institute found the reinfection risk may be 2.4 times higher than it was for the Wuhan variant. But this is based on a country where many people have not caught the dangerous Alpha or Delta variants and vaccination rates are low. Experts suggest our huge wave of Delta, the world’s toughest variant, and successful vaccine campaign will bolster our defences. Around six million Brits have been infected with Delta since it became dominant in late...
    MEMBERS of the public are being trained up to dish out boosters as the country works to save Christmas from the threat of Omicron. The rollout of the extra shot of vaccine has been ramped up as the mutant variant arrived in Britain. 3Members of the public are being trained up to give out booster jabsCredit: Alamy Ministers want as many people as possible to get their boosters earlier, to stop any more restrictions coming back in. The arrival of the super strain has already seen mask wearing enforced again, and a change in travel restrictions. But to combat any more coming in, and the variant spreading, regular Brits are being taught how to give out the vaccines. This will speed up the rollout and allow more jabs to go in more arms, as the NHS is also trying to deal with the backlog of delayed treatments. Professor Adam Finn, a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), said the coronavirus vaccination programme "is all about speed". He told BBC Breakfast: "So the two challenges are going...
    BORIS Johnson will today unveil a major ramping up of the booster rollout to dramatically increase the weekly rate of jabs going into arms. The PM is poised to set out new plans to reopen pop up vaccine centres across the country and allow Brits to walk in without an appointment. 2Boris Johnson will hold a No 10 press conference this afternoonCredit: Getty 2All adult Brits are now eligible for a booster jabCredit: Alamy He aims to put rocket boosters under the programme and increase the number of doses administered every week from 2.5 million to 3.5 million. Ministers hope that a huge surge in top-up shots can help keep the Omicron variant at bay by providing Brits with an extra layer of protection. During a No 10 press conference this afternoon Boris will also insist new restrictions in force today are "proportionate and responsible". He will say they're necessary to “buy us time in the face of this new variant" while scientists discover more about how dangerous it is. It comes as... New rules have come into...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The COVID-19 surge continues, as the Minnesota Department of Health reported more than 11,000 cases and 37 new deaths on Tuesday. And while those figures do include weekend numbers, experts say there is cause for alarm. READ MORE: Darrell Brooks Jr. Charged In Deadly Waukesha Christmas Parade Crash; Prosecutors Say 6th Victim, A Child, Has DiedEsme Murphy talked with one of the nation’s leading vaccine experts. Last year, people weren’t gathering in large spaces, weren’t going to Thanksgiving, or Vikings games. And this year, some people are wondering if they should be doing any of those activities at all. “We should,” Dr. Gregory Poland with the Mayo Clinic said, “I would say in a modified way.” He said that though many people are pretending the pandemic is over, it definitely is not. Poland would like to see indoor mask mandates and says everyone should get a booster dose. You may not have a choice of boosters now; some CVS stores for example only carry Pfizer, some only carry Moderna, and at Terminal 2 at the Twin Cities...
    Scott Gottlieb, former Commissioner of the FDAAdam Jeffery | CNBC Anyone who received a Covid vaccine in the earliest stages of the rollout should register for their booster shots because "there's probably more infection happening among the vaccinated population" than the U.S. is currently monitoring, Pfizer board member Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Monday. The effectiveness of Covid vaccines is proven to diminish over time, and Gottlieb said breakthrough infections are likely to occur in individuals almost a year removed from becoming fully immunized. But boosters offer an "almost immediate" effect of restoring the antibody protection offered by vaccines to their original levels, the former Food and Drug Administration commissioner noted. "There's probably more infection happening among the vaccinated population, more spread happening in that population, the unboosted portion of that population, than what we're picking up because we're just not systematically tracking this," Gottlieb said. "There's going to be retrospective studies that identify this, but we're not doing a good job of tracking this in real time. And this is the argument for people to go...
    Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.In a critical and near-final step toward making all Americans eligible for COVID-19 booster shots, the Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized third doses of both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines for anyone who received their second dose at least six months ago. The decision expands eligibility to tens of millions of people who didn’t qualify for boosters under the agency’s previous recommendations: those under 65 who were not considered to be at high-risk of serious illness or exposure.  Now, all that’s left before boosters open to all adults is for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to agree with the FDA. According to the New York Times, a CDC advisory panel plans to meet today, which means that boosters could become widely available as soon as this weekend.  The move will hopefully clear up confusion around the inconsistent messaging that has plagued the booster rollout for the last few months. Public health experts, the White House, and...
    (CNN) — Vaccine advisers to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted unanimously, 11-0, Friday to recommend booster doses of Pfizer/BioNTech’s and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for all adults in the United States — everyone 18 and older — six months after they finish their first two doses. Members of Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices also voted on a second question, strenghtening the recommendation to say that people 50 and older should get a booster dose of vaccine. READ MORE: Organizations Hosting Turkey Giveaways In Metro Detroit This WeekendThe votes follow the US Food and Drug Administration’s decision earlier Friday to authorize boosters of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for all adults. Previously, boosters had been authorized for anyone 65 and older who was vaccinated with the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines at least six months ago and for certain adults at high risk of infection or of severe disease. “Throughout the course of 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...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators on Friday moved to open up COVID-19 booster shots to all adults, expanding the government’s campaign to shore up protection and get ahead of rising coronavirus cases that may worsen with the holidays. Pfizer and Moderna announced the Food and Drug Administration’s decision after at least 10 states already had started offering boosters to all adults. The latest action stands to simplify what until now has been a confusing list of who’s eligible by allowing anyone 18 or older to choose either company’s booster six months after their last dose — regardless of which vaccine they had first. But there’s one more step: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must agree to expand Pfizer and Moderna boosters to even healthy young adults. Its scientific advisers were set to debate later Friday. If the CDC agrees, tens of millions more Americans could have three doses of protection ahead of the new year. Anyone who got the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine can already get a booster. All three COVID-19 vaccines used in the U.S. offer...
    With confusion mounting over who is eligible for COVID-19 booster shots, California health officials updated the state’s guidelines Tuesday to say that essentially all adults are recommended to get the additional vaccinations. The move by the California Department of Public Health could be a precursor to federal officials taking similar action by the end of this week. There is increasing expectation that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will officially make booster shots available to all fully vaccinated adults, as long as enough time has passed since receiving their initial vaccination series. California’s move echoes recent efforts undertaken in places such as New York City, Colorado and New Mexico, as some health officials nationwide have voiced alarm at the sluggish booster uptake and expressed worry about a potential fifth COVID-19 surge that could strike this winter. Average daily coronavirus cases nationwide have risen by 14% over the last week, and average new daily COVID-19 hospital admissions are up by 5%. The problem, some experts say, has been an overly complicated set...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Everyone over the age of 18 in New York City is now eligible for a COVID vaccine booster. Mayor Bill de Blasio and his team of health officials made the announcement Monday. READ MORE: New Year's Eve Celebration Returning In-Person In Times Square, Sources SayBoosters were previously only available to people 65 and older and those at high risk. Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi said all New Yorkers face a higher risk of exposure. READ MORE: CBS2 To Air Special Presentation 'COVID-19: Our Children, Our Future' Wednesday At 5:15 P.M.“This is often a very individual assessment of risk, depending on where people work, where they live, what their occupation is,” he said. “So what we’re trying to clarify today is there should be no barriers to accessing a booster shot.” He said everyone over the age of 18 is eligible two months after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or six months after the Pfizer or Moderna second dose. MORE NEWS: President Biden To Sign Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill; What It Means For Tri-StateCheck back with CBS2,...
    PRIME Minister Boris Johnson has today urged Brits to get their coronavirus boosters as soon as they are eligible. It was earlier today announced that Covid vaccines would be rolled out to the over 40s in order to best a winter wave of the bug. 2Prime Minister Boris Johnson this afternoon addressed the nation and urged Brits to come forward for boosters 2Slides shown during this afternoon's press conference showed an uptick in coronavirus cases It was also announced this morning that teenagers between the ages of 16 and 17 will now be able to come forward for their second coronavirus vaccine. Addressing the nation this afternoon, Mr Johnson said: " If we want to control the epidemic in the UK then we must all get vaccinated as soon as we are eligible. "We are making second jabs available for 16-17 year-olds and boosters available to all those 40-49, six months after their first dose. “Over time, the protection from two jabs starts to wane, but the third jab boosts protection up to 90 per cent. "Many more people who are eligible...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California along with Colorado and New Mexico are now allowing coronavirus booster shots for all adults even though federal health officials recommend limiting doses to those considered most at risk. The three states instituted their policies to try to head off a feared surge around the end-of-year holidays when more people are gathering inside. READ MORE: Driver Arrested After Running Away From Crash Involving Denver Police Officer, Police SayColorado and New Mexico have among the nation’s highest rates of new infections, while California — lowest in the nation earlier this fall — now joins them in the “high” tier for transmission, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed an executive order Friday expanding eligibility for COVID-19 booster shots. Her state health department’s acting secretary, Dr. David Scrase, said rising case numbers have some hospitals in New Mexico overwhelmed. (credit: CBS) “COVID-19 is incredibly opportunistic and it’s our job to ensure that the virus has fewer and fewer opportunities to spread,” Scrase said. “If it’s time for...
    A top Los Angeles County health official is encouraging all fully vaccinated adults to get a COVID-19 booster shot. L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer has added her endorsement to those of a growing number of health officials in California who are suggesting that virtually all adults are already eligible for boosters under the guidelines issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ferrer said she recommends that any vaccinated adult get a booster as long as at least six months have passed since the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccination series, or at least two months have passed following a Johnson & Johnson vaccination. “The only exception would be a person who lives in a bubble: You’re in your house, you telework, you never leave, you don’t live with anybody, you don’t really have a lot of risks, nor are you creating a lot of risk. But I don’t know anybody living in that world,” Ferrer said during a briefing Friday. California Fearing a winter surge, California turbocharges its...
    States are beginning to allow all adults aged 18 and older to receive a COVId-19 vaccine booster dose if they want one.  Current federal guidelines only allow Americans to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna boosters if they are aged 65 and older or are at risk due to underlying conditions or their jobs, while anyone who is an adult can get a Johnson & Johnson booster shot. But Colorado is going a step further and saying all adults should get one to protect themselves in case of a winter surge. On Thursday, Colorado Gov Jared Polis (D) signed an executive order allowing residents to get a booster dose. Meanwhile, on the same day, officials from the California Department of Public Health said no fully vaccinated adult should be denied a booster shot and are pushing for all adults to be allowed to get an extra dose. It moves the U.S. closer to completing the Biden administration's goal of boosters for all adults, which was announced over the summer.   Colorado Gov Jared Polis signed an executive order on Thursday allowing all residents...
    Pfizer asked U.S. regulators Tuesday to allow boosters of its COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 18 or older, a step that comes amid concern about increased spread of the coronavirus with holiday travel and gatherings.Older Americans and other groups particularly vulnerable to the virus have had access to a third dose of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine since September. But the Food and Drug Administration has said it would move quickly to expand boosters to younger ages if warranted.Pfizer is submitting early results of a booster study in 10,000 people to make its case that it's time to further expand the booster campaign.While all three vaccines used in the U.S. continue to offer strong protection against severe COVID-19 illness and death, the shots' effectiveness against milder infection can wane over time.Pfizer's new study concluded a booster could restore protection against symptomatic infection to nearly 96%, even as the extra-contagious delta variant was surging. Side effects were similar to those seen with the company's first two shots.A median of 11 months after their last Pfizer vaccination, trial participants were given either a...
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