Fauci says Covid hospitalizations are increasing among fully vaccinated people
dr. Fauci says Covid hospital admissions are rising among fully vaccinated people who haven’t had a booster
- Fauci said on Tuesday the US is seeing an ‘increase’ in COVID-19 hospitalizations among fully vaccinated people who have not had a booster
- He said the majority of those hospitalized with Covid are the unvaccinated, but he said it’s a ‘significant’ proportion
- On Wednesday, CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky that data shows the number of cases is also lower among nursing home residents who have received a booster
- The seven-day average of new Covid hospital admissions is 5,400, but it is unknown how many of these are among the vaccinated population
The country’s top infectious disease expert says COVID-19 hospitalizations are increasing among fully vaccinated people who have not had booster injections.
dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said dwindling immunity from the first shots is leading to an increase in severe cases among immunized Americans.
“What we’re starting to see now is an increase in hospitalizations among people who have been vaccinated but not boosted,” he said. NBC News Tuesday in an interview.
“It’s a significant part, but certainly not the majority.”
It comes as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing applications from both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna for emergency authorization of their booster shots, and could grant it this week.
dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday the US is seeing an “increase” in COVID-19 hospitals among fully vaccinated people who have not had a booster. Pictured: Fauci speaking at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, November 2021
The seven-day average of new Covid hospital admissions is 5,400, but it is unknown how many of these are among the vaccinated population
Fauci did not indicate during the interview by how much the number of hospital admissions for fully vaccinated people is increasing.
But he has stressed in the past that he is concerned that declining vaccine efficacy could lead to another wave in the winter.
A recent study of the Public Health Institute in Oakland, California, found that the overall effectiveness of the three Covid vaccines available in the US fell from 87 percent in March to 48 percent in September.
The Moderna shot was the most effective, but still fell with the risk of infection being reduced from 89 percent to 58 percent.
Most breakthrough cases are not serious, with less than 0.1 percent of fully vaccinated people hospitalized or dying from the virus, the CDC said.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the agency has seen a decline in vaccine efficacy, especially among high-risk groups such as the elderly and those long-term care facilities.
“While the greatest risk is those who have not been vaccinated, we are seeing an increase in emergency room visits among adults 65 and older, which are now again higher than among younger age groups,” she said.
She added that recent data has shown that COVID-19 cases are also lower among nursing home residents who received a booster compared to those who did not.
Walensky also noted that the risk of hospitalization and death is still highest for those who have not been vaccinated.
“Studies show that those who have not been vaccinated are more likely to become infected, more likely to be hospitalized and more likely to experience serious complications from COVID-19,” she said at the briefing.
Currently, the seven-day average of new Covid hospital admissions is 5,400, up 5.4 percent from 5,100 the week before, CDC data shows.
However, it is not clear how many of these are breakthrough cases. The latest CDC data is from Aug. 28 and shows 4.5 hospitalizations per 100,000 people vaccinated.
In a statement to DailyMail.com, the CDC said it has no data on the number of hospitalizations among vaccinated people with a booster compared to those without.