COVID-19 Vaccine Effectiveness
From May 3 to July 25, 2021, in New York, the vaccine effectiveness against new COVID-19 cases for all adults declined from 91.7% to 79.8%. This decline is due to the spread of the Delta variant and the relaxation of masking and physical distancing. Thus, the CDC recommends you continue to wear face masks and social distance.
The CDC reports out of 10.1 million vaccinated New York adults age 18 and older, new COVID-19 cases occurred among 9,675 fully vaccinated adults, compared to 38,505 unvaccinated persons. Thus, of those newly infected, 20% were fully vaccinated and 80% unvaccinated.
Furthermore, of those new COVID-19 cases who were hospitalized, 1,217 were fully vaccinated adults, compared with 7,308 unvaccinated. Moreover, COVID-19 hospitalizations were higher among persons aged 65 or older compared with younger age groups.
To reduce new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the CDC now recommends a booster shot.
COVID-19 Booster Shot
On August 18, 2021, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a statement on its plan for COVID-19 booster shots. It concluded that “a booster shot will be needed to maximize vaccine-induced protection and prolong its durability.”
Currently, the CDC only recommends booster shots for people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems at least 28 days after the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna. However, “beginning the week of September 20 and starting eight months after an individual’s second dose,” you can get a booster shot.
Who Takes Immunosuppressant Drugs?
People who take immunosuppressant drugs may have a compromised immune system. For example, people with organ transplants like a Kidney Transplant take these drugs. Furthermore, immunosuppressant drugs also treat autoimmune diseases. Some of the most common include:
- Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes red, itchy, scaly patches commonly on the knees, elbows, trunk, and scalp.
- Lupus is an inflammatory disease where the immune system attacks its tissues and organs.
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord where the immune system eats away at the protective covering of nerves.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune and inflammatory disease where your immune system attacks healthy cells, usually the joints.
Last Updated on August 30, 2021 by Brian Kondas