Sept. 29, 2021 — Greater than 400,000 individuals within the U.S. have acquired COVID-19 booster pictures at pharmacies because the third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was licensed final week, White Home officers introduced Tuesday.
A lot of the pictures got over the weekend, and almost 1 million individuals have scheduled appointments to get a 3rd dose in coming weeks.
“Our planning and preparation on boosters have propelled a robust begin,” Jeff Zients, the White Home COVID-19 response coordinator, stated throughout a information briefing.
The CDC licensed booster pictures of Pfizer’s vaccine on Friday for individuals over age 65, older adults dwelling in long-term care amenities, adults with sure well being circumstances, and employees who face excessive dangers of contracting COVID-19 in well being care amenities and congregate settings. Those that are eligible for a 3rd shot can obtain one 6 months after their second dose.
The Biden administration started rolling out boosters as quickly because the pictures had been licensed by means of established partnerships with states, long-term care amenities, pharmacies, and medical doctors. Massachusetts is contacting eligible individuals by way of e mail and textual content, and New Jersey is opening three mass vaccination websites for booster pictures, Zients stated.
General, about 3.4 million People have acquired an additional dose since well being officers licensed third pictures of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in August for individuals with weak immune methods, in accordance to CDC information.
“We’ll proceed working with our companions to execute so we are able to effectively and equitably present the added safety of booster pictures to eligible People,” Zients stated.
Most vaccinated People have acquired the Pfizer shot, CDC information reveals. The FDA and CDC are anticipated to approve booster pictures for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines as soon as the businesses submit the suitable paperwork and information, which may occur this fall.
Zients stated the Biden administration can be centered on rising preliminary vaccinations amongst those that haven’t but acquired one. On Wednesday, the U.S. will hit a milestone of 200 million adults with not less than one shot.
About 75% of eligible individuals within the U.S. over age 12 have acquired not less than one dose, and 65% are thought of absolutely vaccinated. About 94% of adults over age 65 have acquired not less than one dose.
Nevertheless, 70 million eligible People haven’t acquired any doses.
“Our high precedence stays first and second pictures,” Zients stated.