State Department of Public Health Says All Fully Vaccinated Adults Should Get Boost – CBS San Francisco

SAN JOSE (KPIX) – The California Department of Public Health has ordered health care providers to administer the accelerator on request to any adult who has been fully vaccinated for six months, according to a Nov. 9 agency letter.

The direction to vaccinate millions of Californians who are 18 and older and six months away from their last COVID dose comes just two weeks from Thanksgiving. Prior to the announcement, only those who were 65 and older, immunocompromised or in high-exposure jobs, were eligible to receive the acceleration shot.

“I think the state of California made the right decision by saying they can do that,” said UC Berkeley professor and public health infectious disease expert John Swartzberg. “Unfortunately, in the last 2 1/2, 3 weeks, we’ve seen the numbers go up. If we have an average flu season this year in addition to a bunch of cases that I’m pretty sure we’ll see, that could stress our health care system.

On Tuesday night, Deputy Anna Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) hosted City Hall for her constituents along with U.S. Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci. He confirmed that we could see a winter increase if more Americans are not vaccinated.

“We are vulnerable to getting an increase unless we vaccinate more people,” Dr. Fauci said during the virtual town hall. “You want to be part of the solution not part of the problem.”

In some parts of California, cases are slowly rising causing concern as we inch to the holidays and people are likely to gather and travel.

“We still have a lot of hospital beds, we still have a lot of ventilators, but the numbers are going in the wrong direction and they are going in the wrong direction at a time of year – what we know from last year – is a very dangerous time of year “We’re not out of the woods with this pandemic. Be sensible this holiday season.”

Among precautionary measures people can take this holiday season Dr. Swartzberg suggests that people gather only in small groups among those who are vaccinated. Stay home if you feel sick, try before you get together and try to get outside when possible.

Dr Swartzberg said those who are in high-risk groups should especially get the boost and those who are healthy but who want the boost should still line up and get the extra layer of protection. Dr. Swartzberg said immunity decreased six months after the second dose.

He added that although the vaccines do not appear to prevent progressive infections, they greatly reduce the risk of hospitalization and death.

Since Thursday, Santa Clara County vaccination sites have had many acceleration appointments available. Pharmacy appointments, including at CVS, Walgreens and RiteAid are a bit more sporadic. Some pharmacies did not have appointments available until Thanksgiving week while others had appointments available on Friday.

Dr Swartzberg said he would heed his own advice to be careful as he picks up this holiday season.

“I’m fully vaccinated, I’m even getting stronger, I feel very protected but I’m not 100% protected and I don’t want to get COVID,” he said.

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