Covid Vaccine Boosters for Elderly

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently approved authorization of boosters Covid vaccine for some immuno-compromized people in the US. According to the CDC, immunocompromised people are more likely to get breakthrough infections than people with healthy immune systems and may require additional vaccine shot.

This EUA is intended to be for people with moderate to severe immunosuppression and not persons with chronic conditions for which there might be mild associated immunosuppression.

Dr. Amanda Cohn of CDC (source: CNN Health)

The director of the National Institutes of Health Dr. Francis Collins reportedly said that U.S. could decide in the next couple weeks whether to offer coronavirus booster shots to Americans this fall.

There is a concern that the vaccine may start to wane in its effectiveness. And delta is a nasty one for us to try to deal with. The combination of those two means we may need boosters, maybe beginning first with health care providers, as well as people in nursing homes, and then gradually moving forward.

D. Francis Collins, director of NIH (source: Star Tribune)

Dr. Francis Collins appealed to those unvaccinated Americans to get their shots, calling them “sitting ducks” for a delta variant which is ravaging the country and showing little sign of letting up. “This is going very steeply upward with no signs of having peaked out.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is also Pres. Biden’s chief medical adviser told CBS’ “Face the Nation” on sunday “If it turns out as the data come in, we see we do need to give an additional dose to people in nursing homes, actually, or people who are elderly, we will be absolutely prepared to do that very quickly”.

According to the MPR News, Minnesota continues to see increasing COVID-19 cases — just over 1,000 new cases per day. “Cases are rising in all age groups, but it’s hitting the unvaccinated hardest, including kids who aren’t yet eligible for shots”.

Reacting to Delta variants recent surge in US and other countries, Dr. Collins reportedly said “That’s heartbreaking considering we never thought we would be back in that space again. But here we are with the delta variant, which is so contagious, and this heartbreaking situation where 90 million people are still unvaccinated who are sitting ducks for this virus, and that’s the mess we’re in. We’re in a world of hurt.”

Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of August 16, 9 a.m.) 415,958,305 doses have been distributed and 357,292,057 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data (as of August 12) a total of 6,022,016 doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of August 16) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 626,310 (out of 10,959,511 tested) with 7,734 deaths.