In a decision released Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined that people with severely compromised immune systems should be able to receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The decision came after the Food and Drug Administration decided late Thursday to allow additional shots for the less than 3 percent of Americans who are very much immune-compromised but left it up to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine who should receive the additional doses.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s advisory committee on vaccines met for four hours on Friday to consider evidence on the safety and effectiveness of additional vaccinations for specific groups of people whose immune systems are not functioning correctly due to disease or medication.
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In light of the FDA’s decision to amend the emergency use authorizations for the vaccines, this official recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is an essential step toward ensuring that everyone, including those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19, can receive the most significant amount of protection possible from the COVID-19 vaccine. Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, said in a statement. The severely immunocompromised are frequently left unprotected by the two-dose regimen because of their compromised immune system.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 40-44 percent of people hospitalized with severe COVID-19 infections after vaccination are immunocompromised.
Meanwhile, a federal judge ruled on Friday that the evictions moratorium imposed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could be maintained in place. Judge Dabney Friedrich of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia said she believes the moratorium is illegal but that she is “bound” by a ruling from the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upholding the eviction ban.
A moratorium on evictions in counties with significant or high transmission of COVID-19 was announced earlier this month by President Joe Biden as an extension of a previous moratorium, which was instituted under former President Donald Trump and extended by Biden, that had expired. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey declared a limited state of emergency on Friday, allowing medical providers greater flexibility in staffing and capacity decisions and faster shipment of emergency equipment and supplies. The declaration came on the same day that the state’s available intensive care unit beds reached a new low.
The governor of Oregon, Kate Brown, is deploying up to 1,500 National Guard troops to assist healthcare workers in the wake of a spike in COVID-19 cases. The first wave of volunteers will be deployed on Friday, and they will serve as material and equipment runners in the most severely affected hospitals. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ban on mandatory school masks will be put to the test in the near future.
Friday, as students returned to school in several Florida counties and an appeals court scheduled an appeals court hearing on a lawsuit filed by parents from Florida counties urging restrictions on mandatory masking in schools be lifted. On Thursday, the Supreme Court of the United States declined to overturn Indiana University’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, paving the way for school officials to require students and faculty members to be vaccinated.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced Thursday that several indoor venues, including restaurants, bars, gyms, and many entertainment venues, will require proof of complete vaccination against COVID-19, making the city the nation’s first major city to impose such a requirement. Proof of vaccination will also be needed for indoor venues in New Orleans, according to the city.