US President Joe Biden will receive an updated dose of the Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday as he launches a new initiative to get Americans, especially the elderly, vaccinated ahead of the holidays. Thanksgiving, the end of November, and the following winter, which begins in December in the Northern Hemisphere.
White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said yesterday that about 12 million Americans are getting the updated measure, a nearly 60% increase from the first few weeks it was released last month. But more progress is needed.
“As the weather turns colder, Americans must take steps to stay safe,” the White House said, noting that Covid-19, the flu and other respiratory illnesses spread more quickly in the winter, when people spend more time indoors.
The start of flu season in the United States has coincided with a large number of reports of cases of respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, in hospitals in recent weeks, particularly in children.
Getting an updated Covid-19 booster and flu shot will protect Americans entering the holiday season and reduce the burden on the health care system, the White House’s Covid-19 coordinator said today. , Ashish Jha.
Only 20 million people in the US have received the updated Covid-19 vaccine. Among older adults, that rate drops to one in five, the White House said last week.
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