The Centers for Disease Control and prevention announced today (Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021) that some Americans will be eligible for booster shots beginning in late September.
In a joint statement from CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky and other health officials said, “We are prepared to offer booster shots for all Americans beginning the week of Sept. 20 and starting eight months after an individual’s second dose.
Meanwhile, Kane County Health officials said during today’s Public Health Committee meeting that they are ready and able to handle the additional traffic for those who need a third dose.
Health Department officials said Kane County already is providing third doses for the immunocompromised. As of this morning’s meeting, the CDC had not formally announced its intent to recommend the booster shot for all Americans, but Kane health officials stressed that they were expecting and ready for that contingency.
In the CDC statement, Walensky said COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States continue to be remarkably effective in reducing risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant.
However, the available data make very clear that protection against SARS-CoV-2 infection begins to decrease over time following the initial doses of vaccination, and in association with the dominance of the Delta variant.
“We are starting to see evidence of reduced protection against mild and moderate disease. Based on our latest assessment, the current protection against severe disease, hospitalization, and death could diminish in the months ahead, especially among those who are at higher risk or were vaccinated during the earlier phases of the vaccination rollout,” the joint statement said. “For that reason, we conclude that a booster shot will be needed to maximize vaccine-induced protection and prolong its durability.”
The Kane County Health Department website was updated today to reflect the CDC announcement.
Right now, the vaccine booster is available only to moderately to severely immunocompromised people. This includes people who have:
- Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood.
- Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
- Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
- Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome).
- Advanced or untreated HIV infection.
- Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response.
People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.
The Kane Vax Hub has third doses available of Moderna and Pfizer.
Registration is recommended and walk ins are always welcome. Visit KaneVax.org.
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CDC said the individuals who were fully vaccinated earliest in the vaccination rollout — including many health care providers, nursing home residents, and other seniors — will likely be eligible first for a booster.
“We would also begin efforts to deliver booster shots directly to residents of long-term care facilities at that time, given the distribution of vaccines to this population early in the vaccine rollout and the continued increased risk that COVID-19 poses to them,” officials said.
“Our top priority remains staying ahead of the virus and protecting the American people from COVID-19 with safe, effective, and long-lasting vaccines especially in the context of a constantly changing virus and epidemiologic landscape. We will continue to follow the science on a daily basis, and we are prepared to modify this plan should new data emerge that requires it.:
SOURCE: CDC, Kane County Health Department