The booster injections received a big update Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control Prevention, but who will be eligible and when?
Meanwhile, for those looking to get fully immunized before the holidays, deadlines are approaching, according to Chicago’s top doctor.
Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic in Illinois today:
Who will be eligible for COVID booster injections and when after the CDC announcement?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday approved additional doses of the country’s three vaccines, paving the way for millions more Americans to receive a COVID-19 booster.
Some people who were previously vaccinated by Pfizer months ago are already eligible for a booster and now the CDC says specific recipients of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are also eligible.
And in a bigger change, the agency allows the flexibility to “mix and match” that extra dose, regardless of who you see first.
While booster injections are already recommended for some people, who will be covered by the new recommendations? And when could the blows start to be given?
Here’s what you need to know.
Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine is more than 90% effective in children
Child-sized doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine appear safe and nearly 91% effective in preventing symptomatic infections in children aged 5 to 11, according to study details released Friday as the United States is considering opening vaccinations to this age group.
The shootings could start in early November – with the first children in line fully protected by Christmas – if regulators give the green light.
Details of the Pfizer study have been published online. The Food and Drug Administration was due to release its independent review of the company’s safety and efficacy data later today.
Read more here.
CDC expands boosters deployment and accepts mixes
Millions more Americans may get a COVID-19 booster and choose another company’s vaccine for the next injection, federal health officials said Thursday.
Some people who were previously vaccinated by Pfizer months ago are already eligible for a booster and now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says specific recipients of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are also eligible. And in a bigger change, the agency allows the flexibility to “mix and match” that extra dose, regardless of who you see first.
The Food and Drug Administration had already authorized such an extension of the country’s recall campaign on Wednesday, and it was also approved by a CDC advisory group on Thursday. CDC director Dr Rochelle Walensky approved the recommendations Thursday evening.
“These recommendations are another example of our fundamental commitment to protect as many people as possible from COVID-19,” CDC director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement Thursday evening. â€œEvidence shows that the three COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States are safe, as shown by the more than 400 million doses of vaccine already administered. And they’re all very effective in reducing the risk of serious illness, hospitalization, and death. , even in the midst of the widely circulating Delta variant.
Read more here.
Aurora lawyer says more than 400 employees fired or left due to vaccination warrant
More than 400 Advocate Aurora Health employees have either left the healthcare company or been fired for failing to meet a vaccination mandate, the hospital group said.
In total, around 440 team members, representing 0.6% of Lawyer Aurora’s workforce, “were not in compliance and separated from the organization,” the group said in a statement.
“With approximately 99% of our team members compliant or on track to comply with our vaccine policy, we are protecting the health and safety of our patients, communities and each other,” the statement said.
Read more here.
FDA clears COVID vaccine mix for booster shots, but can and should you do it?
U.S. regulators said on Wednesday that anyone eligible for a COVID vaccine booster can get a different brand than the one they initially received.
The move was a key step in the federal push to expand access to boosters for the American public.
Here is what you need to know.
Here’s when you need to get your full COVID vaccine before the holidays
While Illinois health officials urge vaccination before the holiday season and cold winter months, Chicago’s top doctor has revealed when you’d need to get the shot if you want to be fully vaccinated for them. holiday gatherings.
Chicago Department of Public Health commissioner Dr Allison Arwady gave dates to receive the first vaccine doses and single doses to be fully immunized by Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa.
Here are the deadlines.
Delta variant has mutation that worries experts: here’s what we know so far
A recently discovered mutation of the delta variant is under investigation in the UK, fearing it could make the virus even more transmissible and further undermine Covid-19 vaccines.
Yet there are many unknowns surrounding this descendant or subtype of the delta variant – officially known as AY.4.2 – which some are dubbing the new variant “delta plus”.
UK government health officials said it was too early to say whether the mutation poses a greater risk to public health than the delta variant, which itself is significantly more infectious than the Covid-19 strain. ‘origin (and its successor, the alpha variant).
Read more here.
Illinois gears up to increase booster shots as more residents expected to become eligible
Governor JB Pritzker provided an update on COVID-19 for Illinois on Tuesday morning.
Illinois health officials detailed a plan on Tuesday to get more COVID-19 recalls in the arms of state residents as more doses become available.
With more residents expected to become eligible for recalls in the coming weeks, the Illinois Department of Public Health plans to increase education and provide qualified nursing facilities to administer the injections.
“We know COVID-19 vaccines save lives,” Governor JB Pritzker said in a statement. “For our seniors, you are 29 times more likely to end up in the hospital if you are not vaccinated. The boosters will extend this vital protection.”
Read more here.
10 myths about the COVID-19 vaccine for children, dismantled by pediatricians in Chicago
The FDA plans to meet soon to discuss the next eligible age group, children aged 5 to 11, for the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, and pediatricians prepare to administer the injections, once the vaccine is approved. .
Doctors from Advocate Children’s Hospital spoke with families and parents, listening to their questions and concerns. Misinformation about the vaccine is of great concern to Advocate’s doctors, who have compiled a list of the main myths they hear.
Read the top 10 myths here.