Healthcare – Officials are conducting a year-end booster campaign

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Today, the White House is making another concerted effort to encourage people to get the updated COVID-19 booster before the end of this year as vaccination rates stagnate.

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White House tries to fix lagging Vax numbers

The White House on Tuesday launched a six-week sprint aimed at convincing Americans to get their updated COVID-19 vaccine before the end of the year.

The government said the focus of the campaign will be on seniors and vulnerable communities, who are hardest hit by the virus.

“For your own safety and that of your family, please get your updated COVID-19 vaccination as soon as you are eligible to protect yourself, your family and your community,” White House medical adviser Anthony Fauci said Tuesday .

Public health officials have repeatedly warned that the US is likely to face another wave of COVID-19 infections as the weather turns colder and people travel and gather for the holidays. White House officials had previously urged the public to get booster shots in time for Halloween.

  • The government has bought 171 million doses of the updated vaccine. But well into November, uptake of the new booster shots was extremely low, frustrating health experts and officials.
  • The government said it will direct its limited remaining resources into a
    $475 million campaign for community health centers and community-based organizations to increase the pace of vaccination.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 35 million people in the US have received the updated vaccinations, about 11 percent of those aged five and older.

Read more here.

Fauci finally appears in the briefing room

The nation’s top infectious disease physician, Anthony Fauci, made his final appearance in the White House briefing room on Tuesday as he prepares to leave the administration.

  • “I may or may not let other people judge the value of my accomplishments, but I want people to remember that what I’ve done is I’ve given every day all I can for all these years and I have never left anything on the field,” Fauci said of his legacy.
  • “So if they want to remember me, whether they’re right or wrong about what I did, for many decades I gave everything I got,” Fauci said.

The longtime public health official has served under seven presidents and has served 54 years at the National Institutes of Health and 38 years as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. But he rose to prominence as one of the leaders of the pandemic response during the Trump administration.

Throughout the pandemic, his guidance on masks and vaccines has drawn criticism and attack from conservative lawmakers and officials.

  • Fauci bemoaned the rhetoric that made vaccines and scientific advice political.
  • “As a doctor, it pains me because I don’t want to see anyone getting infected. I don’t want anyone to be hospitalized and I don’t want anyone to die from COVID,” Fauci said. “It makes no difference to me whether you’re a far-right Republican or a far-left Democrat.”

A small part of a long career: Fauci said COVID-19 is “really, really very important,” but called the pandemic “a fragment” of his health work.

Not retired: Jaw announced earlier this year However, he quickly made it clear that he would resign from office by the end of President Biden’s term in office just retired from his government role to pursue “the next chapter” in his career.

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DC STUDENTS, STAFF MUST TEST NEGATIVE TO COME BACK AFTER HOLIDAY

Students and staff returning to public schools after the Thanksgiving break in Washington, DC must have a negative COVID-19 test before they can return to the classroom, city officials said.

Schools are distributing test kits in the days leading up to the holidays, and families can pick up additional tests at any of the district’s COVID centers, which are located in each of the city’s eight boroughs.

The requirement, which DC schools have also used to facilitate the return to in-person study after other seasonal breaks, is the practice this Thanksgiving “to support a safe return” after the holidays, according to the mayor’s office.

  • Tests must be taken on Sunday, November 27th and results must be uploaded to the DC Public Schools online portal the same day to clear the student for Monday’s classes.
  • Students and staff who test positive, regardless of vaccination status, will not be allowed to return to in-person school activities until after an isolation period, typically 5 days, unless symptoms persist as directed by DC Health.

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1 IN 4 CONCERNS ABOUT STARTING WORK WITH COVID: GALLUP

The new survey published on Tuesdayfound that 26 percent of working adults surveyed said they were “very” or “moderately” concerned about COVID-19 exposure in their workplace, a decrease of 7 percentage points from the 33 percent of respondents who were in a similar survey said the same conducted in July.

Demographic differences:

  • In the new survey, 33 percent of female respondents said they were concerned about contracting COVID-19 at work, while 21 percent of male respondents said so.
  • Surveyed Democrats were more likely to express concern than respondents of other political affiliations, with 38 percent of those who identified as Democrats saying they were concerned about COVID-19 exposure in their workplace, compared to 26 percent of independents and 9 percent the republican.
  • Smaller differences were found between age groups, with 29 percent of respondents aged 18 to 34 saying they were worried about contracting COVID-19 at their workplace, while 26 percent of respondents aged 35 to 55 and Twenty-two percent of those aged 55 or older said they had the same concern.

The survey comes as COVID-19 cases in the US dropped since climbing in the summer, although many have expressed concerns about a possible spike in cases in the winter.

Read more here.

Omicron boosters may be better at preventing infection: CDC

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the updated, bivalent COVID-19 boosters provided better protection against infection compared to multiple doses of the original mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.

  • The study, conducted between September and November, analyzed more than 360,000 adult virus tests. The tests came from nearly 10,000 retail pharmacies and only included adults who had symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 and no immunocompromising diseases.
  • The results of the CDC study showed that Pfizer’s and Moderna’s bivalent booster vaccines, made specifically to protect against the Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, provided greater protection when compared to those who received them with people who received only two, three, or four doses of the original monoclonal vaccine.
  • Among the people in the study who tested positive for COVID-19,
    72 percent had received two, three or four doses of the monoclonal vaccine and 5 percent reported having received the bivalent booster.

The bivalent booster doses were approved with no human data, and the results of the study represent some of the first reports of the injection’s effectiveness.

The majority of testing was conducted at a time when subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 were prevalent in the United States. The latest federal data now shows that BA.5, with its viral progeny BQ, accounts for about a quarter of cases. 1 and BQ.1.1 each account for about the same proportion of the total infections.

Read more here.

WHAT WE READ

  • A simple screening question could help millions of women prevent cardiovascular disease. Why don’t we use it? (stat)
  • Experts fear Thanksgiving gatherings could hasten a ‘triple disease’ (NPR)
  • Expect more fungal infections as their geographical range expands, experts warn (NBC News)

STATE BY STATE

  • Schools, sheriffs and syringes: State plans to spend $26 billion on opioid settlement funds vary (Kaiser Health News)
  • Indy doctor received ‘threats’ after Rokita’s Fox News interview; Lawyers save in court (The Indianapolis Star)
  • Alabama cervical cancer rates, diagnoses remain among highest in US (AL.com)

That’s it for today, thanks for reading. Check out The Hill’s Healthcare page for the latest news and reports. See you tomorrow.

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