The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced this weekend that 80 percent of COVID-19 “Omicron variant” cases are found in so-called “fully vaccinated” individuals. Forty-seven percent of Omicron cases – which are far milder than original COVID-19 cases – are found in those who received the first round of vaccinations, and with 33 percent of cases found in people with both vaccination and booster shots.
In a surveillance report released in the first week of December, the CDC described 43 cases of Omicron in the United States. No deaths and no hospitalizations have been linked to the variant. Symptoms are mild in both the unvaccinated and vaccinated.
Cases were reported in 22 states. Fifty-eight percent of those testing positive were between the ages of 18-39. People under the age of 18 and over the age of 65 accounted for nine percent of cases.
Omicron was initially identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Botswana. Though the first case was only found on November 24th, and no cases were recorded in the U.S. until December 1st, the Biden Administration suspended entry to the U.S. for noncitizens on November 26th.
Meanwhile, research from Public Health Ontario and University of Toronto are pushing for a longer time period between vaccines in order to reduce rates of myocarditis and pericarditis. Their research findings identified that myocarditis and pericarditis rates are higher for individuals with a shorter inter-dose interval.
The highest rates (38.1 percent) were found in males aged 18-24 who received Moderna’s mRNA-1273 vaccine as the second dose. Therefore, the researchers argued that all individuals should have to wait for a longer time between each COVID-19 vaccination in order to reduce the associated risks only now being identified in scientific research.
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