As the holiday season approaches, White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci is urging eligible Americans to receive their Covid-19 booster doses, citing an increase in cases across the country, led by increases in the Midwest and Northeast. The rising number of cases, according to Fauci, is due to the fact that about 60 million people in the United States are still unvaccinated against the virus. Following the approval of booster doses for almost 100 million people this fall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanded access to Pfizer’s two-dose vaccine to around 28 million children aged 5 to 11.
Fauci said on Monday Night, “Always the primary thing is to get the unvaccinated vaccinated. But for those who are eligible to be boosted, by all means, go and get boosted.” Fauci cited Israeli evidence showing that Covid booster dosages reduced the risk of infection and severe symptoms in recipients.
Pfizer and Moderna patients 65 and older, all adults with medical disorders that cause Covid problems, adults living or working in communal settings, and any front-line worker 18 and older at high risk for viral exposure are eligible for boosters. However, regardless of medical or occupational concerns, anybody who receives Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose vaccine is eligible for a booster.