And he was also on the front line to get a callback.
“We were very concerned about Covid,” he told CNN. “I’m not old, but at 67, I knew there was a significant risk of hospitalization and even death from Covid. So I received my vaccine as soon as possible. “
Warschauer is leading a trend.
According to the most recent data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more people receive a booster dose of a Covid-19 vaccine each day than either receive their first vaccine or are fully immunized each day.
The CDC’s current recommendations are that people over 65, people who have a medical condition that puts them at greater risk of serious illness if they get a breakthrough infection, or people who are at greater risk of contracting Covid-19 at work or in their living conditions may receive a booster dose. A booster dose is currently only allowed for those who have received a full set of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccines.
Additionally, some immunocompromised people are allowed a third dose, although this is not technically considered a booster, as it is likely that they did not fully respond to the first two doses.
While officials of the Biden administration have stressed that booster doses are important in addition to increasing the number of Americans vaccinated with the initial series of vaccines, rates of booster administration have exceeded the number of people starting vaccination since October 1.
“Vaccinating unvaccinated people remains the top priority, including through vaccination requirements,” White House Covid-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said Wednesday during a briefing by the White House Covid-19 Response Team.
Obtain boosters to protect yourself, protect others
According to CDC data, more than 64% of the booster doses given so far have been given to people 65 years of age or older. Almost 9% of all fully vaccinated people 65 years of age or older received a booster dose.
As someone who says he tries to follow science carefully, Warschauer said he feels the same way about boosters.
“I was also looking forward to the possibility of getting my recall,” he said, adding that he got it as soon as he was eligible.
Getting vaccinated wasn’t just about protecting yourself, he said. It was about protecting everyone around him.
“It seems to be part of my responsibilities as a good citizen,” he said. “And also, you know, protecting my own health. ”
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Zients said the Biden administration’s work on booster doses “is paying off.”
“We estimate that 4 million Americans have now rolled up their sleeves and received a recall, including 2 million in the first week and another 2 million in the last five days,” he said.
“Our booster program is not only operational, but also accelerating and we are building on our strong start to offer millions of eligible Americans their booster injection. “
Administering booster doses can be a challenge for some immunization clinics as demand increases.
“In the field it has been manageable, and we haven’t heard a lot about issues with Pfizer boosters. But I think the main concern about adding boosters is capacity, ”Lori Tremmel Freeman, executive director of the National Association of County and City Health Officials, told CNN Wednesday.
“Mass vaccination clinics will likely be considered when and where there is a need. “
As a University of Michigan employee who runs Covid-19 testing sites, Alicia Kalsi, 26, was able to get a booster shot at an employee clinic as the booster rollout began.
Kalsi told CNN that under CDC guidelines her job meant she was in the “you can get” group, the booster group, not the “you should” group. She decided to get the vaccine for professional and personal reasons.
“I knew that from a professional point of view it would be beneficial for me to do this,” she said.
“And from a personal perspective, I’m a public health practitioner and it’s very exciting to see this deployment of inoculation. And as I mentioned with my first dose, I’m really excited to be able to be involved in something so historic. It’s incredibly exciting for me. It is a privilege and an honor to be able to protect myself and my community by doing something so simple. “
The last time she checked, she said, the next available appointment at the employee clinic was at the end of October.
“It’s a decently high demand,” she said. “Funny enough, when I was talking to the nurse who administered my vaccine, she would tell me it’s good that we have people who are so excited to come back. ”