Coverage about COVID-19 Vaccines

November 22, 2021

As US Adults Become Eligible For COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters, Confusion About The Pandemic Persists.

CNN (11/22, LeBlanc) reports COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are increasing. Depending on the area, “mask mandates are either being dropped or enacted. Vaccines are more available than ever, but hesitancy remains a real problem. Experimental drugs are showing promise as well, yet regulatory approval takes time.” This is “a confusing time in the coronavirus pandemic.” In contrast to “the overwhelming anxiety that defined the spring of 2020 or the hope that came with the start of the US’ vaccination campaign late last year, fall 2021 has been more muddled: Some Americans are back at work or in the classroom, while other office returns were postponed to the new year. Underlying it all has been questions about boosters – who should get one and when?” However, on Friday, health officials recommended all vaccinated adults get boosters. The article mentions CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky and NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci.


COVID-19 Booster Shot Campaign Starts Off Strong In US.

NBC News (11/22, Lovelace) reports, “As many as 3 million in the U.S. got Covid-19 vaccine booster shots in the last three days, the White House said Monday.” As of Sunday, “1 million people had received additional doses each day” since the shots were authorized Friday. Over “135 million people are now eligible for booster shots, officials said Monday.”


COVID-19 Vaccines Ward Off Severe Illness But Wane Against Infections, Data Show.

Bloomberg (11/22, Levin) reports behind a paywall, “Covid-19 vaccines remain highly effective at keeping people alive and out of the hospital, but new U.S. data add further support to the argument that the shots aren’t preventing infections as much as they once did.” People who are unvaccinated against COVID-19 “were about five times more likely to test positive for the virus than the unvaccinated in the week starting Sept. 26, down from about 15 times less likely in May, according to the latest age-adjusted data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which were updated Monday.”


CDC Endorses COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters For Adults After FDA Authorizes Them.

The New York Times (11/19, A1, Mandavilli) reported on its front page, “Faced with rising infections and an anticipated surge in holiday travel, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday endorsed booster shots of the coronavirus vaccines for all Americans over 18.” This “recommendation fulfills President Biden’s pledge in August to make the extra doses available to all adults, and caps months of scientific debate over whether most people really needed boosters.” Earlier that same day, the FDA “authorized booster shots for all Americans over age 18. But the C.D.C. usually sets the clinical guidelines adopted by the medical profession.” The article mentioned NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci.

        On its front page, the Washington Post (11/19, A1, Sun, McGinley, Sellers) reported that Biden Administration “health officials hope a straightforward boosters-for-all policy will prompt millions more people to get the shots before they travel or gather with friends and family over the holidays. Many are concerned about the worsening picture as winter approaches.” The last “piece of the booster-policy overhaul fell into place early Friday evening when Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accepted two unanimous recommendations from the agency’s independent experts. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices said anyone 18 and older may get a booster and – to stress the urgency of increasing protection for the most vulnerable age group – anyone 50 and older should make sure they get one.”

        USA Today (11/19, Weintraub) reported that Walensky stated, “After critical scientific evaluation, today’s unanimous decision carefully considered the current state of the pandemic, the latest vaccine effectiveness data over time, and review of safety data from people who have already received a COVID-19 primary vaccine series and booster. ... Based on the compelling evidence, all adults over 18 should now have equitable access to a COVID-19 booster dose.”

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