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    With coronavirus-positive hospitalizations increasing nationwide, some are asking whether a second COVID-19 booster shot will be made available to all younger adults under age 50. Currently, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a second booster for anyone 50 and older, as well as immunocompromised people 12 and older, at least four months after a first booster. The CDC also recently recommended a first booster shot for children age 5 to 11 after completing their primary vaccination series. Officials and scientists have said the most convincing evidence to support a second booster shot has been seen in older adults and those with weakened immune systems; there have not been much data showing a benefit for younger adults. Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House COVID-19 response coordinator, said a decision on widening availability of a second booster is up to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the CDC. California How to get your second COVID-19 booster shot if you are 50 or older Here’s how to get your second COVID-19 booster shot if you are 50 or older....
    SAN FRANCISCO —  San Francisco health officials are allowing people who originally got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to get a second booster shot — which would give them access to the same number of doses currently available to recipients of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna. The allowance of a potential third dose to J&J recipients in San Francisco goes beyond the guidance outlined by the federal government. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says those who got J&J — which is formulated as a single-shot vaccine — are eligible to get one booster at least two months after their initial dose, but federal health officials have not yet made statements about further follow-up shots. By contrast, those who are up to date on Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna — collectively known as mRNA vaccinations — could already have received three shots. “We are now offering what we’re calling a supplemental dose to J&J recipients,” Dr. Grant Colfax, the San Francisco health director, told health commissioners Tuesday. California Omicron hit Southern California much harder than the Bay Area. Here’s why...
    With the holidays approaching, there is a growing push to get more adults their booster shots in hopes of strengthening immunity and warding off a potential winter COVID-19 surge. More than 3.7 million Californians have received a booster dose so far, according to the state Department of Public Health. By comparison, roughly 25 million people are thought to be fully vaccinated statewide.Who is eligible for a booster now? Federal guidance says adults can get a booster if they are at increased risk of COVID-19 exposure because of where they work or live. Traditionally, the “increased risk” criteria outlined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been applied to those who work in places such as hospitals, schools, grocery stores or factories — or those who live in congregate settings like prisons or homeless shelters. But the wording of the recently issued criteria is broad, and some health officials, including in California, are now increasingly pointing out that it can be interpreted in a much more expansive way. California California turbo-charges push for COVID-19 booster shots ...
    DENVER (AP) — Facing a surge in coronavirus infections that threatens to overwhelm Colorado hospitals, Gov. Jared Polis defied federal guidance on COVID-19 booster shots Thursday by issuing an order allowing all state residents 18 and older to get them. U.S. Food and Drug Administration rules allow booster shots for those 18 and over who are at high risk of exposure to the virus. The FDA also permits boosters for people 65 and older, and adults with special medical conditions. Polis’ order declares all of Colorado at high risk of infection, significantly expanding the number of residents eligible. “Because disease spread is so significant across Colorado, all Coloradans who are 18 years of age and older are at high risk and qualify for a booster shot,” the Democratic governor said in his order. Requests for comment from the FDA were not immediately returned on Thursday, a federal holiday. But at a White House briefing on Wednesday, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, emphasized the importance of getting boosters to those already eligible...
    DENVER (CBS4) – All Colorado adults are now eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot six months after their second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. Recipients of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine are now eligible two months after their dose. The latest public health order from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment prevents any vaccine administrator from turning away adults who are due for their booster. READ MORE: Colorado Food Pantries Getting Far Less Bang For Their Buck (credit: CBS) Until recently, most Colorado vaccine providers only provided boosters to individuals who met the CDC’s recommendation for booster shots. The CDC still says Americans who are over 65, live in long-term care settings, have underlying medical conditions or are frontline workers should make the booster a priority. “My argument is that the state of Colorado is an institution, and within our institution, we have high rates of exposure,” explained Dr. Eric France Chief Medical Officer at CDPHE. “The vaccine continues to protect against severe disease and hospitalization, but may allow persons to get mild disease,...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says he won't wait to get a COVID-19 booster shot after he tested positive for the virus on Wednesday while being fully vaccinated.Garcetti is currently overseas in Scotland. He said he received both doses of the Moderna vaccine and is showing signs of improvement as he isolates in a hotel room."I'm exercising here in the room, I'm trying to eat as healthy as I can," said the mayor during a Zoom interview with Eyewitness News on Friday. "This is a reminder of how real this thing is. That even with vaccination you could have these breakthrough cases. I'm lucky that it's not more extreme, probably because of that."He said he believed he may have gotten a false positive result from his initial COVID test, but after getting re-tested, that wasn't the case."I got the rona," the mayor said jokingly. "I got a second [test] and yes, it is positive."The mayor is in Glasgow for the United Nations Climate Change Conference. He was attending the conference with about seven staff members, all...
    WINTER is upon us and a season of bugs unfortunately awaits. But there are a number of things we can do to limit our risk, and the risk to others, of catching the germs. 1Booster shots are available for people who had their last jab six months agoCredit: LNP Vaccines are the most important way to protect yourself and those you love. Flu shots are available now and everyone able to should have had their two Covid jabs. But in addition to this, people who are six months on from their last dose of coronavirus vaccine can have a booster. This is vital to get, as if you are months on from being double jabbed, your protection will be waning. And as cases are still high and winter means more chances for the bug to spread, you need to make sure you are as shielded as possible from getting seriously ill. Most read in Health NewsMOLE ALERT I was diagnosed with cancer after mum noticed a mole on my head on a family ZoomExclusiveBOOB JOB HELL Woman whose breast implants...
    ▶ Watch Video: The next phase: Latest on COVID boosters and more Up to 99 million Americans are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week signed off on sweeping new booster recommendations for recipients of Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson’s vaccines.  Those recommendations came after the Food and Drug Administration updated their emergency use authorizations to allow boosters for all three vaccines. The FDA is also allowing eligible Americans to mix-and-match their booster shots, which means you can choose to receive an additional dose from any of the three brands that are available.  Here’s what we know so far:  Johnson & Johnson recipients The CDC now recommends a booster shot for all adults who were vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine at least two months ago.  That comes after the FDA concluded that even the highest estimates of the single-shot vaccine’s protection were “consistently less” than the mRNA-based vaccines from Pfizer or Moderna.  Data presented to the FDA’s outside vaccine advisers by Johnson & Johnson says...
    Millions more Americans just became eligible for COVID-19 boosters, but figuring out who's eligible and when can be confusing. And adding to the challenge is that this time around, people can choose a different brand of vaccine for that extra dose.A number of factors, including the vaccine you started with and when your last dose was, help determine when you qualify. Just like the initial shots, boosters are free and will be available at pharmacies, doctors' offices and clinics.Here are some things to know:Who can get a COVID-19 booster shot now?If you got Pfizer or Moderna shots first, you're eligible if your last dose was at least six months ago and you're 65 or older, or are a younger adult who has health problems or a job or living conditions that put you at higher risk of severe illness or exposure to the coronavirus. Health care workers, for example, are included because they are regularly exposed to the virus and can't come to work with even the mildest of infections.Can you mix and match COVID-19 vaccines? Also what exactly does...
    Millions of Americans now qualify for a COVID-19 vaccine booster. President Joe Biden received a COVID-19 booster shot on Monday, days after Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky recommended booster shots for a wide swath of Americans who'd already received initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, partially overruling a panel of her own advisers who had spent Sept. 23 debating who should be eligible for the additional doses against the coronavirus. The new CDC recommendations, which came in a 1 a.m. statement on Sept. 24, followed a monthslong process that has at times pitted the White House against many of its own agencies and left public health officials — along with many Americans — confused and concerned. With many but not all Americans who received the Pfizer vaccine now eligible for boosters, some experts say the booster decision might bring on a free-for-all. "There will likely be a lot of places where, if you want to go get a booster, you can probably go get a booster, and can do...
    BOOSTER jabs are now being rolled out to certain Brits. Not everyone is eligible for the call up however, with only specific groups able to get the third dose. 2Booster shots are now being given out to eligible BritsCredit: LNP Millions are able to get the shot, which will stop the NHS becoming overwhelmed this winter. People have been advised they must also get their flu vaccine if invited. They may even be invited to get it on the same day as their Covid booster shot, and have one in each arm. Three vaccines have been approved as safe and effective as Covid boosters – AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna - by the drug regulator the MHRA. But the JCVI have decided to opt for Pfizer as a preference after studies showed it is well tolerated and works well as a booster. If necessary, Moderna may be used as an alternative, but as a half-dose. When will you get your third booster? Only people who are six months on from their second jab will be offered their third dose. And...
    ROCKVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — Residents with compromised immune systems can get a third additional shot of either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at several locations in Montgomery County, including county-run clinics, the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week recommended people with one or more severe conditions or illnesses get the third shot. The health department said people should talk to their health care provider to determine if a third shot is right for them. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is not authorized for another dose. READ MORE: The Charmery, Baltimore-Based Ice Cream Shop, Gets National Recognition People who are not immunocompromised should consult their immunization card to determine when they are eligible for a third shot. READ MORE: New Coronavirus Cases Among Young Marylanders Rise More Than 700% In One Month The health department encourages those who have yet to get vaccinated to find a clinic. Those who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 are encouraged to get tested. For the latest information...
    U.S. regulators on Thursday said transplant recipients and others with severely weakened immune systems can get an extra dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to better protect them as the Indian Delta variant continues to surge. The late-night announcement by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) applies to several million Americans who are especially vulnerable due to organ transplants, certain cancers or other disorders.  No guidance was given for people who had Johnson & Johnson's single-shot COVID-19 vaccination.   Several other countries, including France and Israel, have similar recommendations. It's harder for vaccines to rev up an immune system suppressed by certain medications and diseases, so those patients don´t always get the same protection as otherwise healthy people - and small studies suggest for at least some, an extra dose may be the solution. Such people – including cancer and HIV patients – in general do not produce an adequate immune response after receiving two doses of a vaccine, U.S. officials say Growing evidence has suggested select immunocompromised patients mount a diminished protective immune response, even after...
    The delta variant of the coronavirus is making its way through Southern California, and in the process fueling a rise in cases and hospitalizations — and new questions from residents, too. Throughout the region, public health departments are reporting increased case rates, and are facing renewed public health mandates, such as masking up in public. It’s prompted talk of vaccine requirements at local businesses, and already set them for many public workers, including employees of Los Angeles County. And, as the months wear on, and immunity wears off, the question emerges for the community’s vaccinated: How much and when — and when can I get my booster shot?  Here’s a brief Q&A on what experts have told us about boosters: Q: It’s been months since I got fully vaccinated. Should I get the booster — and when? A: Not yet, experts say. But you’ll likely need one eventually, because evidence show that immunity wanes with time. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was found to be 91.3% effective against COVID-19, measured seven days to six months after the second dose. It’s at that...
    People stand in line at the mass vaccination site at San Francisco's Moscone Convention Center that opened today for healthcare workers and people over 65 on February 5, 2021 in San Francisco, California.Amy Osborne | AFP | Getty Images The San Francisco Department of Public Health and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital said Tuesday they are allowing patients who received Johnson & Johnson's single-dose Covid-19 vaccine to get a second shot produced by Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna. J&J recipients can make special requests to get a "supplemental dose" of an mRNA vaccine, city health officials said in a statement to CNBC, declining to call the second shots "boosters." J&J's vaccine only requires one dose and recipients are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the shot. On a call with reporters later Tuesday, San Francisco health officials said they are allowing patients to get the extra shots due to the high number of requests they were receiving from residents. They maintained that J&J's vaccine is highly effective against the virus and its variants. "We have gotten requests based on patients...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) —  It’s flu shot season and drug stores are already reminding people to get vaccinated, but is it too soon? If it seems the push for flu shots is early this year, you’re right. Normally it’s September or October, but this year with the threat of a second wave of COVID-19 in the fall overlapping with flu season, experts are saying flu shots are especially important this year. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Tri-State Coronavirus Travel Advisory Quarantine List Resources, Hotlines, Unemployment & Covering Bills Remote Learning Tools For Parents Teaching At Home CBS2’s Dr. Max Answers Your Health Questions What To Do If Someone Isn’t Social Distancing Or Wearing A Mask? Expert: Parents Be Mindful Of Children’s Stress After Months Of Isolation Chopper 2 Over Empty NYC Streets, Landmarks Complete Coronavirus Coverage Last flu season, fewer than half of U.S. adults, 45%, got a flu vaccine, CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez reports. But because many of the symptoms of the flu and COVID-19 are similar, especially early on, doctors may not be able to tell the two apart...
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