Warning: COVID vaccine protection will deteriorate as the holidays approach

Angelenos is preparing for busy parties, shopping and family reunions.

But Los Angeles County authorities are concerned that the behavior could also lead to a new rise in the coronavirus winter, as people vaccinated earlier this year lose immunity as they gather more often – including in social situations and return to work.

So authorities are urging most adults to take the booster as soon as possible.

Why hurry?

Without boost, health authorities warn that vaccinated people are at higher risk of developing breakthrough infections that can lead to hospitalization and the death of the most vulnerable.

“If you think you’re going to benefit from booster vaccination, I urge you to go out and take it,” Dr. Mark Ghaly, California’s secretary of health and human services, said at a news conference last week.

Some young adults have returned to work or are “definitely out and enjoying all that LA County has to offer, and we would like them to continue to do so,” Barbara Ferrer, LA County Director of Public Health, said. However, he warned: “They have declining protection. And unfortunately, if they get infected, they can infect others who can actually end up with a very serious illness.”

“So, yes, I recommend that if it’s your time – because you’re six months away from your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, two months after receiving Johnson & Johnson, you’re at least 18 years old and you’re not living in that bubble – come in and get effect, “Ferrer said

Which adults should expect booster vaccines?

“The only exception would be a person living in a bubble: you’re at home, telecommuting, you never leave, you don’t live with anyone, you really don’t have a lot of risks, and you don’t pose a lot of risks either,” Ferrer said at a news conference Friday.

But he suspects no one falls into that category.

“I don’t know anyone living in that world,” he said.

Ferrer said he would recommend that all vaccinated adults receive a booster vaccine as long as at least six months have passed since his second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccination series, or at least two months after Johnson & Johnson vaccination.

Where can I find effects?

The state’s MyTurn site offers residents the opportunity to search for appointments. According to a permissive interpretation of recent state guidelines, virtually all adults can receive a booster vaccine by choosing to be “at high risk of exposure to COVID-19 due to occupation or the institutional environment” because they live in an area that has had a strong impact. affected by COVID.

Booster products are also available from pharmacies, doctor’s offices, and vaccination centers run by the county.

What about the criteria?

According to federal guidelines, adults can receive a booster vaccine if they are at increased risk of exposure to COVID-19 due to their place of work or residence.

Traditionally, the “increased risk” criteria defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been applied to people working in, for example, hospitals, schools, grocery stores, or factories — or those living in congregational settings such as prisons or homeless shelters. .

This criterion, Ferrer said, can be applied to:

  • Going to work and being with other people;
  • Living with people who cannot get the vaccine, such as babies or young children, or who are at high risk of getting a serious illness if they become infected, such as the elderly or people who are overweight or are smokers or smokers. blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, depression, or alcohol or drug use disorder; and,
  • There is a community that has been hit hard by COVID-19 or has a high number of coronavirus cases – “which is currently all over LA County,” Ferrer said.

Vaccinations so far

During the first week of November, LA County provided 182,000 booster or booster doses to immunocompromised individuals and just over 43,000 first and 42,000 second doses.

At this rate, LA County will not achieve its goal of fully vaccinating at least 80 percent of 12-year-olds and older until next year. Achieving this goal is one of the county’s criteria for removing a public interior mask authorization.

About 73% of Angelenos in this age group have completed their first series of vaccinations, county data show.

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