Dr. Anthony FauciHe stated Wednesday in an interview that although hospitalizations for COVID-19 breakthrough cases are on the rise among Americans who have been fully vaccinated, it is also a sign that people without a vaccination are at greatest risk.
“What we’re starting to see now is an uptick in hospitalizations among people who’ve been vaccinated but not boosted,” Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told NBC News. “It’s a significant proportion, but not the majority by any means.”
The doctor’s comments come amid the nation’s coronavirus vaccine booster program, which so far has targeted older AmericansWorkers in high-risk positions, as well as those with preexisting health problems. This week could be decided by the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. dramatically expand that booster programThis vaccine is available to millions and all adult patients.
A booster vaccine has been administered to approximately 31 million individuals. 195 Million Americans have already received the full vaccination. This booster program was created to combat studies showing waning immunity. PfizerAnd ModernaSix months are required for the second dose of vaccines. Those who received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot have been advised to get a booster shot two months after their initial dose.
Even with the widespread vaccinations and rollouts of booster shots, concerns remain regarding the potential severity of the pandemic. The number of confirmed cases in the United States has increased over recent weeks. seven-day averageThe number of infections is now at 88,000 per day. Officials are concerned, especially as winter vacations approach.
“Studies show that those who are unvaccinated continue to be more likely to be infected, more likely to be in the hospital and more likely to have severe complications from COVID-19,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the head of the CDC, said in a White House briefing Wednesday. However, she said that booster shots work well for vulnerable populations.
“When we compare rates of COVID-19 disease between those who are vaccinated with two doses and those who have received a booster dose, the rate of disease is markedly lower for those who received their booster shot, demonstrating our boosters are working.”
It’s unclear how many hospitalizations are linked to breakthrough cases among fully vaccinated Americans: The CDC did track that figure, but its website shows only dataUp to Aug. 28,
Fauci added during the White House briefing Friday that he didn’t believe the U.S. would ever completely eliminate new cases of COVID-19 but that federal officials wanted to gain control over the virus and accept it as an endemic ailment. When pressed to say what number of daily cases would be tolerable, Fauci said he couldn’t name a figure but that it was much lower than the current rates of new cases.
“It certainly is far, far lower than 80,000 new infections per day, and it’s far, far lower than a thousand deaths per day and tens of thousands of hospitalizations,” the doctor said. “We want to get to the lowest possible level that we can get.”