Millions more Americans could get a COVID-19 booster and choose a different company’s vaccine for that next shot, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention supported the expansion of the nation’s booster campaign on Thursday.
Some people who received the Pfizer vaccination months ago are eligible for a booster, and now the CDC says that specific Moderna and Johnson & Johnson recipients are also eligible. The agency is allowing the flexibility of “mixing and matching” that extra dose, regardless of which type people have previously received.
The Food and Drug Administration authorized the booster expansion before a CDC advisory panel on Wednesday and its directive was weighed with support a day later. See if you qualify for a COVID booster shot here in Washington state.
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German governor presses to keep pandemic rules nationwide
Germany’s state governors on Friday pressed for a nationwide legal framework for coronavirus rules after the outgoing health minister suggested that the existing law should be allowed to expire next month.
The call came as official figures over several days point to a spurt in new COVID-19 infections. As of Friday, 95.1 cases per 100,000 residents had been reported in the past seven days, up from 68.7 a week earlier. In the last 24 hours, 19,572 new infections were reported.
The German parliament passed legislation declaring an “epidemic state of national scope” for the first time since the country was hit by the pandemic in March 2020, and has been extended several times. The law has served as a major legal basis for restrictions such as the lockdown.
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-The Associated Press
A jab in each hand: France vaccinates against flu and COVID
Concerned that the flu and COVID-19 could trigger a winter-time double whammy of new infections and deaths, France is moving forward with a nationwide vaccination and booster-shot program against both diseases, killing millions of people in one go. Also being offered jabs. .
The annual flu vaccination campaign began on Friday, four days earlier than initially planned, to coincide with France’s COVID-19 vaccination programme, as well as trying to reach those in need without even getting vaccinated. Providing booster shots to people.
French health officials issued instructions this week urging doctors, nurses, pharmacists and midwives to “systematically promote both vaccinations” for people eligible for COVID-19 boosters and flu shots. The note states that jabs can be given on the same day, one in each hand.
It added that the start of the winter flu season with an ongoing pandemic “increases the risk of co-infection and the development of severe cases and deaths.”
French health officials also fear that because there were fewer flu infections in 2020, due to social distancing and coronavirus lockdowns, people could be more vulnerable this winter.
“The flu may be stronger this year – I emphasize ‘because we had no flu last year and therefore the population’s immunity is low,'” Health Minister Olivier Veran told BFM-TV.
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-John Leicester, The Associated Press
Alaska sets coronavirus record by welcoming police fired under low 48 vaccine rules
Alaska set a record for coronavirus-related hospitalizations and reported 1,024 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, reflecting the ongoing effects of persistently high virus transmission within the state and a surge driven by the highly contagious Delta variant. Is.
At the same time, state officials said police officers and prison guards fired because of COVID-19 vaccine requirements in the lower 48 are welcome to apply for job openings in Alaska.
The Alaska Department of Public Security and the Alaska Department of Corrections are not recruiting such people, but both agencies have had problems filling vacancies. In a social media message on Wednesday, Governor Mike Dunleavy said that if a law enforcement officer has been fired after refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or for refusing to say whether they have been vaccinated , then they should consider Alaska. The state does not require vaccinations for state employees, and Dunleavy has said he will not impose one.
“The law enforcement community of Alaska invites you to consider the 49th state where we support the color blue,” the governor’s social media post said.
On Thursday, 235 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 across the state – a higher count than at any point during the pandemic, state data showed. The previous hospitalization record stood at 223 on September 2.
The new cases pushed Alaska to the top spot among US states with a case rate of seven days per 100,000 people, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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-Anchorage Daily News, Alaska
Explainer: is it time to get a COVID-19 booster? Which one?
Millions more Americans just became eligible for a COVID-19 booster, but figuring out who is eligible and when can be confusing — and the challenge is that this time, people can get a different type of vaccine to make up for that extra dose. can.
Several factors, including the vaccine you started and when your last dose was, help determine when you are eligible. Like the initial shots, boosters are free and will be available at pharmacies, doctor’s offices and clinics.
Boosters are available for all three vaccines authorized in the US and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration did not recommend that people switch to a different vaccine than the one they originally received, but left the option open.
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—Lauren Neergaard and Mike Stobe, The Associated Press
Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine is more than 90% effective in children
A child-sized dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine appears safe and about 91% effective in preventing symptomatic infection in children ages 5 to 11, according to study details released Friday, as the U.S. vaccine for that age group Considers starting.
Shots could start as early as November – with the first kids fully protected by Christmas – if regulators go ahead.
Details of Pfizer’s study were posted online. The Food and Drug Administration was expected to post its independent review of the company’s safety and effectiveness data later in the day.
FDA advisers will publicly debate the evidence next week. If the agency eventually authorizes the shots, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will make the final decision on who should receive them.
Full-strength Pfizer shots are already authorized for anyone 12 or older, but pediatricians and many parents are anxiously providing protection for young children to prevent a growing infection from the extra-infectious delta variant. and help keep the kids in school.
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—Lauren Niergaard and Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press
What is the ‘Delta Plus’ variant of Coronavirus?
What is the “Delta Plus” version?
It is a relative of the delta variant, which was identified by British scientists last month.
Because it is not a variant of interest or concern, it is not yet officially named after a letter in the Greek alphabet, like other worry forms.
Scientists are monitoring a Delta-related version – known as AY.4.2. – To see if it can spread more easily or be more deadly than previous versions of the coronavirus. In a recent report, UK officials said this variant accounts for 6% of all analyzed COVID-19 cases in the country and is “on an increasing trajectory.”
The variant contains two mutations in the spike protein, which helps the coronavirus to invade the body’s cells. These changes have also been seen in other versions of the virus since the pandemic began, but have not gone far enough, said François Balloux, director of the Genetics Institute at University College London.
In a public session this week the World Health Organization’s technical chief on COVID-19, Maria Van Kerkhove, said the delta version “is by far the most prominent version in terms of global prevalence”.
“Delta is dominant, but delta is evolving,” she said, adding that the more the virus spreads, the more likely it is to mutate.
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—Maria Cheng, Associated Press
Beijing begins offering booster shots ahead of Olympics
BEIJING (AP) – China’s capital Beijing has begun offering booster shots against COVID-19 in the city and surrounding areas four months before it hosts the Winter Olympics.
State media reported Friday that any people 18 or older who have received two-dose Chinese vaccines and who belong to at-risk groups, including those attending, organizing or working in sports facilities are eligible for an additional shot.
The booster has been rolling out in cities across the country since late September, but officials in Beijing have been extra cautious in getting the extra jab.
Games are due to start on February 4, with only residents of China allowed in the stands. Indoor events with sliding, skiing and jumping will be held in the suburb of Yanqing and the neighboring city of Zhangjiakou.
China has largely been successful in preventing local transmission through strict requirements on mask-wearing, quarantining and contact tracing. However, 28 new cases were reported on Friday, including one in the Beijing suburb of Fengtai.
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-The Associated Press
Catch in the last 24 hours
Millions more Americans can now get the COVID-19 booster shot — and they may choose a different company’s vaccine for that next shot, the CDC decided yesterday. Check out our updated guide to see if you qualify for Booster.
New estimates show a 50% drop in Washington residents With active COVID-19 infections since last month. But make no mistake, the state says: Cases and deaths are still high, and the holiday season will be crucial.
In some Washington state agencies, hundreds of employees Lost his job when the vaccine mandate came. In others, almost everyone was vaccinated. Compare vaccination rates across agencies with our updating tracker.
Even if former WSU coach Nick Rolovich wins his lawsuit Against the university – which fired him for not getting vaccinated – WSU comes forward, writes John Wilner.
President Joe Biden crunches the numbers Behind the vaccine rollout last night as he rose to take all the credit for the surge of shots, fact-checkers found.
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