On Tuesday, the White House appealed to middle-aged and elderly Americans to get a new vaccine if they have not.
The White House COVID coordinator appealed to the blazingly contagious BA.5 coronavirus variant blitzes communities across the nation.
“For people 50 years of age or older, my message is simple,” Jha said.
“If you have not gotten a vaccine shot in the year 2022—if you have not gotten one this year—please go get another vaccine shot,” Jha added.
Jha also appealed since vaccination rates are stalled by a mix of pandemic fatigue, vaccine hesitancy, and, in some cases, a desire to hold out for anticipated future shots explicitly tailored to the nimble omicron strains have whipped the world since the fall.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that fully vaccinated Americans over 50 who have received one booster have four times the risk of dying of COVID than double-boosted Americans in the same age group.
Moreover, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said in the White House briefing that “good data” shows infection with the initial omicron strain does not provide strong protection against BA.5.