The American centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has encouraged all American adults to take a booster dose of the vaccine against Covid-19 citing “greater transmissibility” of the Omicron variant of the virus.
“Everyone from 18 years old in on should you get a booster shot when I am six months after their initial Pfizer or Moderna series or two months after their initial J&J vaccine “, CDC Director Dr Rochelle Walensky said: in a declaration on Monday.
@CDCDirector has changed recall guide. Now stating all adults 18+ who I’m more 6 months from Pfizer or Moderna or 2 months from J&J *should* boost, based on Omicron concerns. Do not sure whether this is evidence-based or preventative, but it is! photo.twitter.com / 2SL0fayHnU
– Jeremy Faust MD MS (ER doctor) (@jeremyfaust) November 29, 2021
quoting “First data from South Africa” where was the variant first identified earlier this month, Walensky pointed out out that the newly detected strain appears to be more contagious, and noted that its discovery prompted a review of efficacy of the vaccine in in the United States e in all the world.
The official also took the opportunity to call on approximately 47 million Americans over the age of 18 who have been reluctant to get vaccinated so far to get the jab “like soon like possible”, as well as to vaccinate theirs children, “because strong immunity will likely prevent serious illness.”
Urging all Americans to take a booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, the CDC expanded on its previous recommendation which only affected people aged 50 and over, and people life in long-term care facilities.
Earlier this month, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made all adults in the United States eligible for booster shots, but stopped abruptly of openly recommending extra doses.
The new The Covid-19 strain – known as B.1.1.529 or Omicron – has sparked panic globally, amid concerns that it could make existing vaccines much less effective or completely useless. The variant, which is marked by 32 mutations of the spike protein, it has spread beyond southern Africa and has already triggered a wave of travel bans around world.
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