Friday will be the meeting of an advisory group to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It will discuss lift restrictions on COVID-19 booster shot and making them accessible to all adults who want them.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will hear data about the safety of booster shots and whether those not at high risk for infection need one.

There are no safety concerns that have arisen from booster shots or from 31,000,000 Americans who have received them. But there are concerns that for men under 30, who are at relatively high risk for a condition called myocarditis, the benefits of a third shot might not outweigh the chance of developing this heart muscle swelling.

Anyone who received a single shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is already eligible for a booster two months after their initial dose, as are those who received the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech shots more than 6 months ago and are 65 or older, have medical conditions putting them at high risk for severe COVID-19 or at high risk for exposure to the virus through their work.

The committee, whose decision will have to be supported by CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, is expected to recommend lifting most of those restrictions and allowing anyone who was vaccinated six or more months ago to receive a booster at no cost.

In response to rising cases across the United States, particularly in the Midwest, some states have already made all adults eligible for boosters. 

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►Legal arguments over Tennessee’s newest law on COVID-19 restrictions are set to continue Friday. Gov. Bill Lee last week signed a comprehensive legislative package aimed to curtailing the power local agencies have over COVID restrictions.

►The Washington state House announced Thursday that only vaccinated lawmakers will be allowed on the chamber floor for its next legislative session; unvaccinated officials will be permitted to work in their on-campus offices only if they’re tested for COVID-19 three times a week. 

📈Today’s numbers: The U.S. has recorded more than 47 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 768,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Global summaries: Over 256 million COVID-19 cases, and more than 5 million deaths. More than 195 million Americans – 58.9% of the population – are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.

📘We’re looking at:An international study found that COVID-19 prevalence has increased by 53% among mask-wearing individuals. This is what researchers shared with a British medical journal. 

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Mexico sends teenagers to America to get the coronavirus vaccine 

On Thursday, hundreds of Mexican teens were bused from Mexico to California in order to receive vaccinations against coronavirus. This is part of ongoing efforts across Mexico to reach teenagers.

Mexico has refused to vacinate children between the ages of 12 and 17, partly because its government focuses more on vulnerable older adults. Mexico has not been able to provide enough vaccines for its majority of minors (who make up one third of the country’s population). Mexico is currently preparing to begin vaccinating teens aged 15-17 this month.

A group from San Diego County and San Diego County came together to assist their neighbor.

San Diego is hosting a pilot program that will allow 450 teens aged 12-17 to have shots before December ends. Mexican social services organizations selected the Tijuana teens, which included those working with children from deported parents.

Around 150 children from Tijuana were taken by bus to San Diego’s Mexican consulate on Thursday. There, county nurses gave the Pfizer vaccination.

— The Associated Press



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