New COVID boosters off to slower start than previous flu shot campaigns – CDC


New data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest the nation’s rollout of updated COVID-19 booster shots is off to a slower start, compared to previous vaccination campaigns for both COVID-19 and the annual flu shot.

Through September 28, the CDC reports the U.S. was averaging nearly 550,000 doses of any COVID-19 vaccine administered a day nationwide.

As of Thursday, federal data tallies more than 11.5 million doses of the new bivalent COVID-19 vaccine boosters from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech in arms across the country.

That represents around 5.5% of the 209 million Americans who were eligible for the updated boosters when they were greenlighted a month ago.

“We think that’s a really good start. Also, let me be very clear, we need to continue and up that pace as we get into October,” Ashish Jha, the White House’s COVID-19 response coordinator, told reporters on Friday.

Jha added they are pushing for Americans to seek out an updated COVID booster alongside their annual flu shot.

Federal health officials had previously cited modeling from the Commonwealth Fund suggesting 101,858 COVID-19 deaths could be averted this winter, if updated boosters reached levels similar to the annual flu shot.

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