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The elderly are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19, but only 1 in 7 has taken a chance

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“It is recommended (for extremely vulnerable people) to receive a booster shot,” said Dr. Leana Wen, a CNN medical analyst. “But even with a boost, they may not avoid serious results and that’s why we need to be vaccinated.”

Strong immune protection against vaccination is the best way to prevent infection and control the pandemic. But the effort to increase protection with boosters is taking place as the nation continues to struggle to attract a substantial percentage of the population to be fully vaccinated.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has said that the vast majority of the United States will need to be vaccinated to control the spread of the virus, but that figure is now only around of 57% of the total population.

Monday focused more on the importance of vaccines after the news that former Secretary of State Colin Powell had died due to complications from Covid-19.

Powell, 84, had multiple myeloma, a plasma cell cancer that suppresses the body’s immune response, as well as Parkinson’s, Peggy Cifrino, Powell’s longtime chief of staff, told CNN. He was completely vaccinated and was scheduled for a booster dose this week, but his health condition put him at greater risk.

Powell’s death should not be taken as a sign that vaccines are insufficient, Wen said, but as evidence that more people need to be vaccinated to protect older and medically vulnerable people.

“Yes, the vaccine protects you, but it protects you even better if everyone around you is vaccinated,” Wen said. “We vaccinate ourselves as healthy people in part to protect the most vulnerable among us.”

And advanced cases, like Powell’s, are rare but expected, as no vaccine is 100% effective.

A total of 7,178 advanced cases that have resulted in death have been reported to the CDC as of Oct. 12. At that time, more than 187 million people in the U.S. were completely vaccinated. It is one in 26,000 fully vaccinated people who have died of Covid-19, or 0.004%.

Of those advanced cases that caused death, 85% were among people 65 and older and 57% were among men, according to the CDC.

For those who want to boost their immune response with a booster dose, mixing and adapting vaccines may soon become an option.

People familiar with FDA planning said so New York News the agency plans to allow people to receive a different Covid-19 vaccine as a booster shot than the one they initially received.

According to the Times, the FDA might point out that it is preferable to get the same vaccine as a booster, but would not recommend one vaccine over the other.

New Mexico under crisis care standards

Covid-19 hospitalizations have declined nationwide, but some regions are still overflowing.

According to data from the., Seven states have less than 15% of beds available in the ICU Department of Health and Human Services. These states are Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Texas.

In New Mexico, the health department has had to enact rules of care in the event of a crisis.

Covid-19 numbers are improving.  But where they go from here will depend on the vaccines, Fauci says

According to an NMDH press release, hospitals will now have to temporarily suspend the necessary non-medical procedures before deciding who should receive care.

“Because of COVID, New Mexico’s hospitals and health centers have come under an unmanageable burden. Today, the state offers clarity and support, as providers seek to make difficult decisions about how to allocate scarce and valuable resources to health”. said DOH Acting Secretary David R. Scrase, MD, “The goals, as always, remain the same: to save as many lives of new Mexicans as possible and to help maintain the health care providers they have maintained. our communities throughout this pandemic. ”

On Monday, state health officials announced 1,895 new cases that raised the total number of cases in the state since the pandemic began to 265,632. There are currently 300 patients in the hospital being treated with Covid-19.

A pharmacist gives a booster shot to an elderly person at McDonalds in Fullerton, California on September 27, 2021.

Vaccine warrants have been implemented for police departments

To increase vaccinations and, in turn, control the spread, many employers have begun to force vaccinations on their employees.

In Washington state, members of the Seattle police department had until the end of Monday to get vaccinated or receive an exemption.

As of Monday night, 91% of police forces had demonstrated vaccination evidence and 7% filed for exemptions, leaving only 2% of the department not to have presented their vaccination status.

The Miami police chief, supplemented, is asking officers to get vaccinated

“For officers who have not submitted any verification documentation at midnight tonight, they will not have to show up tomorrow to work and the City Council and department will begin the completion process for breaching the vaccine mandate guidelines.” , said Randy Huserik, spokesman for the SPD. CNN.

The state has also implemented vaccine warrants for state employees, and some choose to leave their jobs instead of fulfilling them.

In videos uploaded by a conservative YouTube radio host in the Seattle area, two state agents were among state employees citing Gov. Jay Inslee’s vaccination warrant as the reason for his dismissal. .

One of them, the 17-year veteran sergeant. Richard Thompson can be seen inside his patrol car leaving his duties and saying, “Because of my personal decision to take a moral stand against, for medical freedom and personal choice, today I will leave the service for the last time. time. “

Separately, Washington State University announced that head football coach, Nick Rolovich, as well as football technical assistants Ricky Logo, John Richardson, Craig Stutzmann and Mark Weber, are no longer able to train because they do not fulfill the state’s mandate to vaccinate.

CNN’s Deidre McPhillips, John Bonifield, Joe Sutton, Jenn Selva, Rosalina Nieves and Adrienne Broaddus contributed to this report.

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