CDC says all adults should get booster due to omicron variant: Latest COVID-19 updates

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Omicron: Biden says new COVID-19 variant ‘not a trigger for panic

President Joe Biden urged Individuals to get vaccinated as he mentioned the brand new variant omicron.

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The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention on Monday really helpful that every one adults get a COVID-19 booster shot following the emergence of the brand new omicron variant.

Beforehand, the CDC suggested folks over 50 or dwelling in a long-term care facility “ought to” get a booster, whereas all different adults “could” get boosters no less than six months after their earlier pictures. Now all adults ought to get a booster, the CDC mentioned.

Whereas South Africa first altered international well being authorities to the omicron variant final week, Dutch well being officers mentioned Tuesday they’ve discovered an omicron case relationship again a number of days earlier than the alarm was raised, indicating omicron was already spreading in elements of Europe.

France and Japan additionally reported their first instances of the variant Tuesday. America has not but reported a case, however President Joe Biden on Monday referred to as omicron, “a trigger for concern, not a trigger for panic.”

He mentioned he would launch a plan Thursday on how his administration deliberate to fight COVID-19 this winter with vaccines, boosters and testing relatively than lockdowns.

It stays unclear precisely how transmissible or extreme an omicron an infection is, however the World Well being Group mentioned preliminary proof raises the chance the variant has mutations that would assist it each evade an immune-system response and make it extra transmissible. Most of the reported infections, nonetheless, have been in college-aged individuals who tended to have milder instances, WHO mentioned.

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►The omicron variant will “carry some challenges by way of prevention and management” for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing, mentioned Chinese language Overseas Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian on Tuesday. However he mentioned he was assured the video games will probably be held.

► Greece introduced Tuesday it will mandate vaccination for all folks 60 and older, Reuters reported. Unvaccinated folks will face a month-to-month 100 euro nice.

► Pfizer and BioNTech are anticipated to ask the Meals and Drug Administration to authorize its booster shot for 16- and 17-year-olds within the subsequent few days, The Washington Submit reported. 

► Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell mentioned the omicron variant could worsen supply-chain disruptions and inflation in a sworn statement launched Monday.

📈Right this moment’s numbers: The U.S. has recorded greater than 48 million confirmed COVID-19 instances and greater than 778,00zero deaths, in accordance to Johns Hopkins College knowledge. World totals: Greater than 262 million instances and 5.2 million deaths. Almost 196 million Individuals — roughly 59.3% of the inhabitants — are totally vaccinated, in response to the CDC.

📘What we’re studying: How severe is omicron? Is it extra transmissible than delta? It’ll take weeks to know COVID-19 variant.

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Most federal employees who failed to satisfy the Nov. 22 deadline to get vaccinated in opposition to the coronavirus won’t danger being suspended or shedding their jobs till subsequent yr, the Biden administration mentioned in enforcement steering Monday.

As a substitute, managers will proceed “with strong training and counseling efforts via this vacation season as step one in an enforcement course of,” in response to the steering.

Ninety-two % of federal employees acquired no less than one dose of the vaccine by the deadline, the administration introduced final week. The remaining have both not complied with the president’s mandate or requested to be exempted for non secular or medical causes. 

Whereas some companies could must speed up enforcement if there are office questions of safety or efficiency issues, companies have been inspired to not take actions past training, counseling or, at most, a letter of reprimand till January.

The subsequent step after a letter is suspension for a interval of 14 days or much less. Employees who stay unvaccinated who haven’t acquired an exemption can finally be dismissed. 

— Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY

Members of the Oklahoma Nationwide Guard should get vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 no matter their obligation standing or private beliefs, Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin advised Gov. Kevin Stitt on Monday.

The Oklahoma governor despatched a letter to the protection secretary earlier this month requesting that members of the Oklahoma Nationwide Guard be exempted from the Protection Division’s vaccination mandate, which covers active-duty personnel, Guard, Reserves and civilian employees.

Austin rejected the governor’s proposal, and advised him in a letter that guard members who don’t get vaccinated could also be barred from taking part in drills and coaching, and their standing within the Guard might be jeopardized.

“To keep up a wholesome and prepared navy pressure able to defending the American folks, the speedy vaccination in opposition to COVID-19 is a necessary navy readiness requirement for all elements and models of the navy, together with the Oklahoma Nationwide Guard,” Austin mentioned in a letter to Stitt dated Monday.

— Chris Casteel, The Oklahoman

Contributing: The Related Press

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