Fight over booster shots heats up as COVID cases surge in areas with low vaccination rates


The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed the lives of 1 in each 500 Americans, based on Johns Hopkins University. Now, the battle over booster shots is intensifying.

Pfizer and Moderna are making a serious push for boosters, however the Food and Drug Administration is staying impartial.

The FDA on Wednesday launched new paperwork from Pfizer forward of an advisory panel meeting scheduled for Friday to debate COVID booster shots. The paperwork declare that safety from Pfizer’s vaccine loses some effectiveness after six months however improves to 95% after a 3rd dose.

In a separate doc, FDA workers famous they’ve but to confirm some knowledge that might assist a further dose, saying the present vaccines “still afford protection against severe COVID-19 disease and death in the United States.”

Across the U.S., the difficulty is not third doses — it is convincing Americans to get their first dose

In Tennessee, lower than 45% of the inhabitants is absolutely vaccinated. In Shelby County, which incorporates Memphis, youngsters make up 35% of the lively cases from the final two weeks.

“If we could get our vaccination rates up even more, if we could get people to mask consistently, we would be doing the job of protecting those kids who are under the age of 12 who really don’t have the option of being vaccinated right now,” Dr. Michelle Taylor, the county’s well being director, stated.

Jacob Rodrigues, 17, of Tipton County, was unvaccinated when he bought COVID. “(I) felt really tired, headache. Couldn’t taste nothing. It was awful,” he stated.

His mom, Julie McDivitt, stated  a nurse instructed her that “It looks like Jacob’s played four quarters of football with no pads on inside of his body.”

She stated listening to that from a medical skilled made her surprise, “God where are you taking us with this? Am I going to be on that list? Is my kid going to be one of those numbers?”

President Biden on Wednesday met with CEOs to focus on his vaccine mandate for business with greater than 100 workers. In Memphis, which means employers like FedEx and AutoZone.