The goal of the COVID-19 boosters is to ‘stay ahead of the virus’, as per the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The U.S. FDA and CDC recommended COVID-19 booster doses for many Americans last week. This is to help preserve and strengthen immunity among those who have already completed their vaccinations against coronavirus.
The Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted, however, that boosting is not the way out of the pandemic. She emphasized that vaccination is the key, adding that the most vulnerable right now is the unvaccinated eligible population.
On Sunday, Dr. Rochelle Walensky explained further how essential the jabs are. She asserted that vaccination can help prevent the rise of new mutations and COVID-19 variants, according to CNN.
CDC: Preventing mutations through vaccination
Speaking to CBS’s Face the Nation, the CDC Director said that “adequate rates” of COVID-19 vaccination can help stop more mutations from happening. This could then force individuals to get the booster shots of the vaccine.
Dr. Walensky continued that staying ahead of the virus is the “goal” as of the moment. This can be done through boosting, which may help people avoid ending up in a “vulnerable place.”
The public health expert also shared that they are “working” on decreasing the transmission rate across the country, and around the world. Moreover, with vaccination, they are “anticipating and hoping” that there will be no more mutations.
Renewal of outbreaks in the coming months
But, despite all hopes, as well as the efforts, many other experts believe that there will be more waves of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some have even urged the public to “brace for more.”
The Hindustan Times previously reported that scientists provided warnings about the potential upcoming surge of COVID-19. Director of the Center of Infectious Disease Research and Policy Michael Osterholm stated that this will likely take place in the fall and winter of this year.
The same publication also added that experts believe the virus will infect every single person in the world. This will reportedly happen at least once to each individual, while some others will experience it more than a few times.
COVID-19 booster recommendations in the U.S.
In the United States, more than 60 percent of the population have already received at least a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. However, the virus remains a threat to more than 70 million Americans who have yet to take the jabs.
The latest figure comes as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention authorized the third dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Following the approval, Dr. Rochelle Walensky expanded the coverage of the boosters and endorsed them for front-line workers.
Initially, the individuals eligible for the booster doses are Americans aged 65 and older and people who have medical conditions. But, after the CDC director’s decision to overrule the primary recommendations, the coverage of the boosters now includes individuals working or living in a high-risk setting. These include teachers, healthcare workers, public transportation employees, and grocery store workers.
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