Many had expected the group of experts to tackle the issue of booster shots for all Americans, but that was just a small part of the discussion.
There have been more than 600,000 deaths in the United States from COVID-19. The unvaccinated are being hospitalized at a rate 16 times higher than the vaccinated.
“More than 1,000 individuals are dying each day from COVID-19 in the United States. And with safe and effective vaccines readily available in the U.S. at this point in the pandemic, death from COVID-19 is largely vaccine-preventable,” ACIP Work Group Chair Dr. Matthew F. Daley said.
The group spent significant time discussing the risk of heart inflammation following the mRNA vaccines. Just 45 minutes of the six-and-a-half-hour meeting was set aside to discuss booster shoots. The committee chair said another special meeting will take place soon.