By: Alyssa Wilson
On Wednesday, United States health officials announced they have developed a plan to offer COVID-19 booster shots to Americans beginning in the fall.
According to NBC News, the additional dose will be available during the third week of September. Health officials say data shows protection from hospitalization and death is waning as the contagious Delta variant spreads.
“Based on our last assessment, the current protection against severe disease, hospitalization, and death could diminish in the months ahead, especially among those who are at higher risk or were vaccinated during the earlier phases of the vaccination rollout,” the officials said in a statement.
The rollout is expected to be similar to the original vaccine plan, which prioritized vaccines for healthcare workers, nursing home residents and staff and those over the age of 65.
“We would also begin efforts to deliver booster shots directly to residents of long-term care facilities at that time, given the distribution of vaccines to this population early in the vaccine rollout and the continued increased risk that COVID-19 poses to them,” the statement said.
The booster rollout does not include a plan for those who received Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 168.9 million people in the United States have received the first two doses of the vaccine. That figure accounts for only 50.9% of the U.S. population.
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