Nov. 22, 2022 — White House officials on Friday reiterated their call for Americans to get their COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots, as the latest booster shot provides a better immune response against evolving COVID-19 variants. BA.4 and BA.5.
“Recent data show that if you are vaccinated and have received a booster, compared to an unvaccinated person, the risk of dying in the most recent BA.4-5 era is 14 times lower than for the unvaccinated. and at least three times less risk of testing positive compared to unvaccinated individuals,” said Anthony Fauci, MD, who stood “for the last time” at the White House press conference as he bid farewell to reporters on Tuesday.
The physician-scientist will step down next month as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and as chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden.
Fauci succeeded clear that he is not retiring, but continues the “next chapter” of his career. In more than 5 years decades of service to the federal government, he he was at the forefront of the fighting against HIV and AIDS, Ebolaand COVID-19including health crises.
White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Ashish Jha, MD, joined Fauci at the podium and highlighted the latest developments in COVID-19 vaccines and disease prevention.
On Monday, 12 of America’s leading medical and clinical societies, including the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians, issued a statement with a clear message: Go get your updated COVID-19 vaccine and annual flu shotwhich is the best way to save lives this holiday season – especially the lives of older Americans.
Other announcements included a “6-week sprint” to get Americans their updated COVID vaccine by the end of December. A grant of three hundred and fifty million dollars will be used for this community health centers, mobile vaccine clinics, and religious organizations to help with vaccine education and distribution. It will also be $125 million in financing aging and disabled networks to become more vulnerable and disabled Americans vaccinated.
Jha also said that most Americans will need a vaccination each year to stay safe, similar to the flu shot.
“We need to make the protection of our loved ones an important part of the conversation around us The Thanksgiving table and an important part of our conversation in the days and weeks ahead,” he said.
“If people get their updated vaccines and get treated if they get a breakthrough infection, we can prevent virtually all of the COVID deaths in America.”
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