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COVID vaccinations spike in US as delta rages and omicron looms

Added 12-03-21 06:10:03pm EST - “Vaccines expected to offer some protection from omicron as speedy spread continues.” - Arstechnica.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Arstechnica.com: “COVID vaccinations spike in US as delta rages and omicron looms”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Amid a raging delta wave and fears of omicron, the United States on Thursday administered 2.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, the highest single-day vaccination total since May, shortly after the shots were made widely available to adults.

More than 1 million of the shots given yesterday were booster doses, according to Jeff Zients, White House COVID-⁠19 Response Coordinator. To date, nearly 200 million Americans are fully vaccinated, which is roughly 60 percent of the population, and 44 million are fully vaccinated and boosted.

"This is important progress," Zients said in a press briefing Friday. "Vaccines clearly remain our most important tool… If you were fully vaccinated before June, it's time for you to go get your booster. If you're unvaccinated, go get your first shot today. And if your kids are five years or older and not yet vaccinated, get them the protection of the vaccine as well."

The current vaccines are highly effective against the delta variant, which is still circulating at extremely high levels nationwide. The US tallied nearly 140,000 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, and cases are once again on the rise.

"I know that the news is focused on omicron," Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during the briefing. "But we should remember that 99.9 percent of cases in the country right now are from the delta variant," she said. "Our recommendations for protecting against COVID remain the same, regardless of the variant."

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