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US Wisconsin reports more cases in kids than any age group; CDC endorses booster shot for millions of older Americans: COVID-19 updates

11:50  24 september  2021
11:50  24 september  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

U.K. Defies WHO, Recommends COVID Booster Shots for Those Over 50

  U.K. Defies WHO, Recommends COVID Booster Shots for Those Over 50 The WHO has repeatedly called on richer countries to delay booster vaccines until 40 percent of the every country's population is vaccinated.Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the government accepted the recommendation of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization to offer booster shots after an expert panel said they were needed to protect against vaccines beginning to lose efficacy this winter.

CDC endorses Pfizer Covid booster shots for high-risk adults. Published Thu, Sep 23 20214:03 PM EDTUpdated 1 Min Ago. Millions of Americans who are at the highest risk for Covid will now be able to receive a Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot to increase their protection. Earlier, the agency's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices unanimously endorsed giving third Pfizer shots to people 65 and older and nursing home residents, and made other recommendations.

A US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) advisory panel has endorsed Covid - 19 vaccine booster shots for the elderly and other high-risk adults, paving the way for the Biden administration to roll out third jabs. More than a month ago, President Joe Biden announced plans to begin offering booster shots to all Americans 16 and older , saying they would begin on September 20. That move angered some public health officials and reportedly contributed to the resignations of two FDA vaccine officials because the president pushed ahead with his booster - shot plan without

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention late Thursday endorsed booster shots for millions of older and high-risk Americans, opening a major new phase in the U.S vaccination drive against COVID-19.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky signed off on a series of recommendations from a panel of advisers late Thursday, hours after the advisers said boosters for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine should be offered to people 65 and older, nursing home residents and those ages 50 to 64 who have risky underlying health problems. The extra dose would be given once they are at least six months past their last Pfizer shot.

Why Fauci and the NIH backed Covid-19 vaccine boosters before the FDA and CDC

  Why Fauci and the NIH backed Covid-19 vaccine boosters before the FDA and CDC In January — long before the first jabs of covid-19 vaccine were even available to most Americans — scientists working under Dr. Anthony Fauci at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases were already thinking about potential booster shots. © Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images A nurse marks a coronavirus vaccination card with a third "booster" dose of Pfizer, at a vaccine clinic hosted by The Tournament of Roses and the Pasadena Public Health Department, August 19, 2021 at Tournament House in Pasadena, California.

The U. S. vaccination drive against COVID - 19 stood on the verge of a major new phase as government advisers Thursday recommended booster doses of Pfizer's vaccine for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable Americans — despite doubts the extra shots will do much to slow the pandemic. Advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said boosters should be offered to people 65 and older , nursing home residents and those ages 50 to 64 who have risky underlying health problems.

School Report Card. Coping with COVID - 19 . What Everyone Should Know About COVID - 19 Vaccine Booster Shots . CDC Adds More Caribbean Islands to Its List of High-risk Destinations Due to COVID - 19 . A smaller dose of Pfizer’s COVID - 19 vaccine saw a “robust” immune response in children ages five to 11, according to data from Pfizer and BioNTech’s latest trial announced early Monday.

a group of people looking at a phone: A student looks back at his mother as he is vaccinated at a school-based COVID-19 vaccination clinic for students 12 years and older in San Pedro, California. © Damian Dovarganes, AP Images A student looks back at his mother as he is vaccinated at a school-based COVID-19 vaccination clinic for students 12 years and older in San Pedro, California.

But Walensky decided to make one recommendation that the panel had rejected.

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The panel on Thursday voted against saying that people can get a booster if they are ages 18 to 64 years and are healthcare workers or have another job that puts them at increased risk of being exposed to the virus.

But Walensky disagreed and put that recommendation back in, noting that such a move aligns with an FDA booster authorization decision earlier this week.

People who have gotten two shots and decide not to get a third will still be considered fully vaccinated, the CDC said.

MLB to require vaccinations for players to participate in Arizona Fall League

  MLB to require vaccinations for players to participate in Arizona Fall League Major League Baseball is requiring players to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to participate in the Arizona Fall League, reports Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. It marks the first instance of an MLB vaccination mandate directly affecting players. © Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Last week, Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic reported that MLB was mandating vaccinations among non-playing team personnel in order for those individuals to be granted access to the field during postseason play.

CDC advisors green-light Pfizer boosters for older Americans and people with underlying conditions — but reject extra shots for healthcare workers, in a major break with the FDA. Hilary Brueck. An independent group of medical advisors to the CDC voted 15 to 0 on Thursday afternoon to recommend free booster shots of Pfizer's COVID - 19 vaccine to millions of older adults who had their first two shots at least six months ago. The panel also voted to recommend boosters to all adults with underlying medical conditions, but not unanimously, and there was some frustration with whether that

The CDC 's reports on breakthrough cases will lag day-to-day reports of vaccines given, so many , if not most , of those breakthrough cases will have happened weeks ago. Read More . Nonetheless, the total represents a very small percentage of those who have been vaccinated. Plus, samples from cases will be tested to see how many are caused by variants and if so, which ones. " CDC has developed a national COVID - 19 vaccine breakthrough database where state health department investigators can currently enter, store, and manage data for cases in their jurisdiction," the CDC said.

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►National Guard teams will be deployed Friday to Deaconess Midtown and Deaconess Gateway hospitals in Indiana for a week to support medical staff responding to COVID-19.

►A judge denied an injunction on Thursday that would force a Delaware hospital to use ivermectin, an anti-parasite drug, to treat a patient with COVID-19.

More Iowans are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 than at any point earlier in 2021, according to data released by the Iowa Department of Public Health on Wednesday.

►With more than a week of reporting to go, September is already this year's third-deadliest month for COVID-19 and the sixth-deadliest month for the entire pandemic, a USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows.

????Today's numbers: The U.S. has recorded more than 42 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 684,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Global totals: More than 230 million cases and 4.7 million deaths. More than 182 million Americans — 55% of the population — have been fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.

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As we learn more about the safety and effectiveness of COVID - 19 vaccines, including the use of a booster dose, we will continue to evaluate the rapidly changing science and keep the public informed,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock in a statement. However, the U.S. Centers for It also said that employees in certain high-risk occupations, such as health care workers, teachers and grocery workers, would be eligible to receive a booster shot . Additionally, the agency also said Americans 18 and up who were at high risk of severe risk for contracting COVID - 19 would be eligible to receive a

• More than 180 million people in the United States are fully vaccinated, or about 64% of the eligible population. Pfizer – and some top U.S. health officials like Dr. Anthony Fauci – have argued that the extra round of shots are needed to address waning immunity. Fauci and others have also they could Some countries, including Israel and the United Kingdom, have already begun COVID - 19 booster campaigns. The United States authorized extra shots for people with compromised immune systems last month and around 2.3 million people have already received a third shot , according to the CDC .

???? What we're reading: Booster shots to prevent COVID-19 infection will soon become a reality nearly 10 months after Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine was first authorized and rolled out to health care workers in the U.S. Here's who federal health officials say are eligible for the shots. Read more.

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Wisconsin reports more COVID cases in children than any other age group

So far this week, more than 1,100 people under the age of 18 in Wisconsin have tested positive for COVID-19. That is more than any other age group, according to state Department of Health Services data.

Last week, 4,686 people under the age of 18 tested positive — more than double any other age group. In fact, since the week of Aug. 8, children have been diagnosed with more cases than every other group each week.

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin continues to see an increase in the number of kids in the hospital who test positive for COVID-19, but most are asymptomatic unless they have underlying health conditions.

CDC advisers sign off on Pfizer booster shot for certain groups

  CDC advisers sign off on Pfizer booster shot for certain groups A CDC committee voted to recommend booster shots for people ages 65 and up, as well as certain individuals at high-risk for Covid-19.All people ages 65 and up and those in long-term care facilities who were initially vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine should receive a booster dose, the advisory panel said. People ages 50 to 64 with underlying medical conditions should also get a booster. The additional shots would be administered at least six months after people complete their initial vaccination series.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Wisconsin has recorded three deaths in people age 19 and younger.

– Drake Bentley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Feds send money to Florida county punished for school mask mandate

Alachua County schools in north-central Florida are the first in the nation to receive federal money after state officials punished the district for defying them by requiring masks at schools.

The county, home to Gainesville and the University of Florida, received $148,000 under the new Project to Support America's Families (Project SAFE), created earlier this month to help districts that were being penalized by the state's Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, one of the governors most opposed to pandemic-related mandates, for instituting COVID-19 protocols.

On Aug. 26, the Florida Department of Education had started to withhold money equal to four of the Alachua school board members' pay, after they voted unanimously for a mask policy.

In all, the Department of Education has $3.2 million to give to such school districts. Beyond offering districts financial cover, federal officials have little recourse if states ban schools from requiring masks, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends.

The Biden administration is also investigating states with such bans, saying they are violating the civil rights of children with disabilities and underlying health conditions.

Booster confusion takes hold as Biden announces expanded eligibility

  Booster confusion takes hold as Biden announces expanded eligibility "We have the tools to beat Covid if we come together as a country and use the tools we have," Biden said.Biden said his administration will begin to deliver booster shots after the nation’s two leading health agencies endorsed a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine for people 65 and older and those at elevated risk of severe Covid-19. The announcement is the culmination of weeks of debate inside the administration about whether data showed that vaccine efficacy was waning enough to begin to roll out doses to large swathes of the country.

– Gershon Harrell, The Gainesville Sun

NY health commissioner submits resignation after Cuomo scandal

New York state Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, a central figure in COVID-19 related scandals that plagued former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has submitted his resignation, according to Gov. Kathy Hochul.

Zucker will remain as the top state health official until a replacement for the commissioner job is chosen, Hochul said Thursday during a media briefing in Manhattan, adding there are several candidates being considered for the job.

Hochul said she agreed with Zucker's decision to resign, calling him a dedicated public servant.

Zucker was connected to several controversial COVID-19 policy decisions, including a measure that pressed nursing homes to accept COVID-positive residents at the height of the pandemic last year. Zucker was also connected to the Cuomo administration withholding the true COVID death toll for nursing homes for months.

Hochul on Thursday also urged health care workers to comply with the state's COVID-19 vaccine mandate requiring medical workers to receive the first dose by Monday, or lose their job.

"It does not have to happen, my friends. What is looming for Monday is completely avoidable and there’s no excuses," she said, adding her administration will soon be revealing details of a plan to fill staffing gaps if thousands of workers currently refusing vaccination lose their jobs.

– David Robinson, Gannett's New York State Team

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Some fear boosters will hurt drive to reach the unvaccinated .
NEW YORK (AP) — The spread of COVID-19 vaccination requirements across the U.S. hasn't had the desired effect so far, with the number of Americans getting their first shots plunging in recent weeks. And some experts worry that the move to dispense boosters could just make matters worse. The fear is that the rollout of booster shots will lead some people to question the effectiveness of the vaccine in the first place. “Many of my patients areThe fear is that the rollout of booster shots will lead some people to question the effectiveness of the vaccine in the first place.

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