“Up to Date” Status with Booster Shots

Courtesy of KTIV

Zeny Tran

The Kaiser Foundation announced that 40% of the US population has received a Covid booster shot since January 20, 2022. 63% of Americans are fully vaccinated. Currently, the CDC defines fully vaccinated as receiving the first two shots. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky stated, “If you are eligible for a booster and you haven’t gotten it, you’re not up to date and you need to get your booster in order to be up to date.”

In Maui County, Hawaii, fully vaccinated means receiving the booster shot. People without proof of booster shots in Maui County are not allowed access to indoor dining.

On September 24, 2021 the CDC reported that recipients of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine could receive booster shots. Further doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are recommended for health care workers, teachers, and other at-risk professions. Citizens who were six months out since their last dose of the Pfizer vaccine were eligible for booster shots if they fell into one of three high-risk categories: one, being 65 or older, two, having a medical condition that put them at a higher risk of Covid, and three, working in an environment with a high exposure of Covid.

Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients were not yet eligible for the booster shot because the vaccines were not been approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, the Food and Drug Administration is working towards making booster recommendations for Moderna and J&J recipients. Pfizer boosters are available, with CVS Health reporting that its stores have scheduled appointments for the Pfizer vaccine’s third dose. Those who opt for the booster shot, however, will be required to self-certify their eligibility as defined by public health experts, as well as have received Pfizer’s initial two doses, according to CVS.

As of September 29, 2021 in California the age group that is at the highest risk of death from COVID-19 is 80 years and older (25,889 deaths). The age group that is at the lowest risk of death from COVID is 17 years and younger (37 deaths/ 40 million people) (source: CA Dept of Health).

Vaccination rates since January 2022 (Kaiser Foundation)

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