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Fauci: Vaccinated in danger of ‘waning of immunity,’ booster ‘essential’ to ward off hospitalization, death

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Dr. Anthony Fauci warned on “The Daily, a news podcast from The New York Times, that COVID immunity from vaccinations is waning and that there has been a significant uptick in breakthrough infections, hospitalizations, and deaths while pushing for those already inoculated to get booster shots.

Fauci stressed on Friday that those who are already vaccinated are again at risk. In fact, he stated that all age demographics are now in danger from the virus. Fauci referenced incoming data from Israel, which he contends is a month to a month and a half ahead of the U.S. concerning the pandemic.

“When you look at the data from Israel, it’s very clear that [the booster] reverses some of the waning effects that you see in people who have been vaccinated for six months or more,” he declared.

“They are seeing a waning of immunity not only against infection but against hospitalization and to some extent death, which is starting to now involve all age groups. It isn’t just the elderly,” Fauci apocalyptically claimed during the podcast. “It’s waning to the point that you’re seeing more and more people getting breakthrough infections, and more and more of those people who are getting breakthrough infections are winding up in the hospital.”

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“If one looks back at this, one can say, do you know, it isn’t as if a booster is a bonus, but a booster might actually be an essential part of the primary regimen that people should have,” he remarked. “I think … that the boosting is gonna be an absolutely essential component of our response, not a bonus, not a luxury, but an absolute essential part of the program.”

Booster eligibility has not been declared yet for the general public by the Food and Drug Administration or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients are authorized to get the booster, but only high-risk Moderna and Pfizer recipients are eligible currently for the booster. Children are not eligible for the booster at this point.

California and Colorado have essentially bypassed the regulatory agencies and have declared that all adults are eligible for COVID booster shots.

(Video Credit: Face the Nation)

“Allow patients to self-determine their risk of exposure,” Tomás J. Aragón, MD, who is the director and state public health officer for California’s Department of Public Health, stated in a Nov. 9 letter to local health providers. “Do not turn a patient away who is requesting a booster.”

Fauci heavily pushed booster shots for Americans during the podcast.

“We’ve shown that boosters are safe and effective in dramatically increasing the response not only immunologically, but also when you look at the clinical data from Israel, it’s very clear that it reverses some of the waning effect that you see in people who have been vaccinated six months or more,” he commented.

Fauci claims he doesn’t believe that the need for boosters totally negates the efficacy of the vaccines. He contends that researchers don’t “have time” to do extensive studies to determine whether two doses would be better than three because of the dire emergency of the pandemic. He asserted the vaccines were “life-saving for millions of people.”

The immunologist also contended during the podcast that getting the unvaccinated vaccinated and “aggressively” boosting the people who have been vaccinated is likely to put the U.S. in a safer spot this winter than the country saw with previous surges of the virus.

“I think when all is said and done, as we get through boosting the overwhelming majority of the people who’ve been primarily vaccinated, we’re gonna say, just like other vaccines that require multiple doses, like hepatitis B, like some of the childhood vaccinations, that it is likely a booster is needed,” he said.

“I’m making my own personal projection as an immunologist and infectious disease person. We don’t have the proof yet—the proof of the pudding will be after you get people vaccinated and boosted, and we have a greater durability of protection that doesn’t wane as easily,” Fauci concluded.

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