November 19, 2021 – Two senior U.S. health officials say a growing number of fully vaccinated people who have not received a booster are hospitalized with groundbreaking cases of COVID-19.
“What we’re starting to see now is an increase in hospitalizations among people who have been vaccinated but not stimulated,” Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Tuesday in an interview with NBC. New. “This is a significant proportion, but not the majority by any means.”
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, speaking at a White House press briefing Wednesday, noted that many vaccinated people showing up in emergency rooms are over 65 years of age. The effectiveness of the vaccine decreases for this age group, which was among the first to be vaccinated. , she said.
Walensky and Fauci both pointed out that booster shots help keep people – especially the elderly – out of hospital.
Fauci, citing data from Israel, said the booster shots help keep people from getting seriously ill. One of these studies reported a twenty-fold reduction in serious illness in people over 60 who received booster shots.
“This is where we come back to the importance of getting a boost,” Fauci said. “This will greatly reduce the likelihood that if you are infected with a breakthrough infection, you will end up in the hospital.”
Walensky cited research on long-term care facilities from the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network that compared COVID rates between people who were fully vaccinated and those who received additional doses.
“The disease rate is significantly lower for those who received their booster injection, which shows that our boosters are working,” she said. “We want to reinforce the importance of those eligible to receive a boost now, especially those who are at the greatest risk of serious illness. But the unvaccinated are still the most vulnerable to COVID-19.
“Studies show that those who are not vaccinated continue to be more likely to be infected, more likely to be in hospital and more likely to have serious complications from Covid-19,” said Walensky.
Walensky said the seven-day daily average of cases was about 83,600 cases per day and the seven-day average of hospital admissions was about 5,300 per day. The average of seven daily death days was around 1,000 per day.
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