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Fauci says eligible Americans should “definitely” get their Covid booster vaccinations

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White House senior medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci, urges eligible Americans to get their Covid-19 booster vaccinations as the holiday season approaches and cases increase nationwide, fueled by upward trends in the Midwest and Northeast.

Fauci blamed the roughly 60 million eligible people across the country for the increasing number of cases who are still not vaccinated against the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also expanded access to Pfizer’s two-dose vaccine to approximately 28 million children, ages 5-11, earlier this month, after booster doses were approved for nearly 100 million people this fall .

“The most important thing is always to get the unvaccinated,” said Fauci on Monday evening in an interview with “The News with Shepard Smith”. “But for those eligible for a boost, by all means go and get boosted.”

Fauci cited Israeli data showing that booster doses of Covid reduced recipients’ chances of infection and severe symptoms. Researchers in Israel also demonstrated the declining effectiveness of Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid vaccinations in a study of nearly 4.8 million vaccinated adults vaccinated in February and March.

Around 30.1 million people nationwide received an additional dose of a Covid vaccine, the CDC reported on Monday. Boosters are available to select Pfizer and Moderna recipients, including those 65 years of age and older, all adults with conditions that cause Covid complications, adults who live or work in community facilities, and all frontline workers 18 years of age or older who are are at high risk of being exposed to the virus.

But anyone who has received the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine is entitled to a booster vaccine regardless of their medical or occupational risks.

Fauci’s comments came hours after discussing the rise in Covid cases in select regions in an interview with the non-partisan Policy Center. According to a CNBC analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University, the US recorded a seven-day average of over 82,000 new cases on Sunday, up 11% from the previous week.

The average cases have increased 37% in the Northeast and 19% in the Midwest in the past seven days, the JHU reported. The country’s case count was 57% below the peak of the delta surge this summer, with infections stagnating between 70,000 and 75,000 a day for more than two weeks before rising for three consecutive days from Friday recorded.

CNBC’s Nate Rattner contributed to this coverage.

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