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[WATCH] Get Your 4th COVID Vaccine If You’re 50 or Older, Says Dr. Fauci

[WATCH] Get Your 4th COVID Vaccine If You’re 50 or Older, Says Dr. Fauci

The top U.S. health regulators on Tuesday cleared a fourth Covid vaccine dose for older adults late last month, and now Dr. Anthony Fauci is suggesting all Americans over the age of 50 get another dose to bolster the shots they’ve already received.

Cases are once again rising in the U.S overall, with nearly a 5 percent increase in infections in the last week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Still, many people have already moved past the pandemic as officials across the U.S. lifted most restrictions and precautions amid improving numbers. Now, recent increases in COVID cases are prompting new warnings from some of the country’s top virus experts, largely directed at those who have let their guard down. The city of Philadelphia became the first to bring back its indoor mask mandates, which will go back into effect on April 18th.

Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the CDC updated their authorizations and recommendations on March 29th to allow older adults and certain immunocompromised individuals the option to get a second booster shot of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, as long as it has been at least four months since they were given their initial booster dose.

The CDC’s updated guidance didn’t explicitly say vaccinated people over the age of 50 “should” get another shot. Instead, the agency only says that these individuals “may choose” to receive a second booster—stopping short of outright recommending it, which they have done in the past. According to The New York Times, the agency’s decision was aided by a recent Israel study among people 60 and older which found that rates of COVID infection and severe illness were lower in those who had received a fourth dose of the Pfizer vaccine in comparison to just three shots.

Dr. Fauci joined Joy Reid on “The Reid Out” to help try to make sense of the sometimes confusing vaccine guidelines.

 

 

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