Justice urges covid-19 boosters now available to many with Pfizer

Governor Jim Justice is urging people to get the booster shot now that it is available to many people who have received Pfizer’s covid-19 vaccine.

“Without a doubt, go get the vaccine. Go do the recall now, ”Justice said today.

The federal government on Thursday agreed to recall millions of Americans who had initially received the Pfizer vaccine. The millions of people who have received Covid vaccines from Moderna or Johnson & Johnson are not yet eligible.

Rochelle Walensky

“We will approach, with the same sense of urgency, the recommendations for the Moderna and J&J vaccines as soon as this data becomes available,” said Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

Eligible people now include people who received the Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago and who have these conditions:

– People 65 years of age and over, residents of nursing homes and residents of assisted living facilities are invited to receive a reminder.

– Other people aged 50 to 64 with underlying health conditions, including cancer, diabetes, asthma, HIV infection and heart disease, are also advised to get the vaccine promptly. A broad category that qualifies is that of people considered obese.

– And young people with underlying health conditions or who work where they may be at increased risk of exposure to covid-19 may be reminded.

“Many of the people who are now eligible to receive a booster received their initial vaccine at the start of the immunization program and will benefit from additional protection,” CDC officials wrote.

“With the dominance of the delta variant as a circulating strain and cases of covid-19 increasing significantly across the United States, a booster will help boost protection against serious disease in populations at high risk of exposure to covid-19 or complications of serious illness.

West Virginia officials agreed today.

“We really want to encourage eligible people to come to your pharmacy, primary care office, provider or health department and get the recall,” said Dr. Clay Marsh, COVID response advisor. -19.

West Virginia on Friday reported increases in some key categories to track the effects of covid-19.

The state has reported 2,685 new cases in the past two days. West Virginia is now reporting 16,223 active cases in total.

West Virginia reports 1,005 covid-19 patients in hospital. Of these, 81 percent are unvaccinated.

The state reports 290 people with covid-19 who need to be in intensive care units. Of these, about 86 percent are unvaccinated.

And 187 covid-19 patients need the help of a ventilator to breathe. Of these, 86 percent are unvaccinated.

All of these hospital admissions are on the rise and continue to rise.

One of West Virginia’s major hospital networks, WVU Medicine, today reported 407 covid patients in its hospitals, including 117 at Ruby Memorial. The hospital said there were no beds available for Ruby and 10 people on the waiting list.

Justice has recognized the pressure on the hospital system and expressed hope for some relief as booster shots become available for those whose original vaccines are less potent than they were previously. departure.

“You have already made the decision in life to get vaccinated. You’ve already made that decision, ”Justice said. “Just go get the shot and you will help us stop this wave in the hospital as well.”

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