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Coronavirus updates: Booster shots are likely needed for the public in the winter, says Dr. Anthony Fauci


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NEW YORK (WABC) – Dr. Anthony Fauci says Pfizer and Moderna boosters may soon be available to all Americans, and not just certain groups.

Right now, Moderna and Pfizer boosters are available only to seniors, immunocompromised, or those who are frequently exposed to the virus through work.

Dr. Fauci says it is expected that everyone will eventually need boosters and the general population may be ready for boosters this winter.

The global death toll from COVID-19 peaked at 5 million on Monday, less than two years into a crisis that has not only devastated poor countries but also humiliated the wealthy with world-class healthcare systems.

Here are several of today’s COVID-19 headlines:

Pharmacists can administer additional COVID-19 vaccines to the 18+
New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed Legislation S.4807-A / A.6476, which extends the immunizations that authorized pharmacists can administer to patients 18 years of age or older. Under the new law, pharmacists will be able to administer vaccines recommended by the CDC against hepatitis A and B, human papillomavirus, measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox. The new law also permanently allows approved pharmacists to administer the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Immunization is the best tool at our disposal to protect public health, and we must implement all sensible measures to make vaccines widely available,” Governor Hochul said. “With this new law, we are expanding the places where New Yorkers can go to get vaccines to protect their own health – and the health of their communities.”

NYC vaccine mandate: Fire companies close, garbage piles up
The ongoing battle for New York City’s expanded vaccine mandate continues Tuesday, a day after enforcement began for all municipal employees – including the NYPD, FDNY and the Department of Sanitation. Officials say 92% of city employees have been vaccinated, and more departments are improving their numbers on Monday. The fire department now reports that 81% of its employees have been vaccinated, including 77% of firefighters – a 2% increase from Monday. The NYPD has vaccinated 85% of its force, but thousands are still away from work because of their vaccination status.

Is it COVID, cold or flu? Here are a few easy ways to tell
As the weather begins to cool, doctors see that their practice is starting to fill up.

“We have seen a number of individuals, children more as they go back to school, that they come in with runny nose, sneezing and light cough,” said pediatric infectious disease specialist, Dr. Daisy Dodd with Kaiser Permanente.

Most COVID-19 tests turn out to be negative. Dodd explained that it is difficult for parents to tell the difference between colds, flu and coronavirus. This is how you can see the difference.

CDC advisors must vote on Pfizer COVID vaccine for children ages 5 to 11
Should all school-age children receive Pfizer’s pediatric COVID-19 vaccine? That is the question for an influential government advisory panel on Tuesday. The Food and Drug Administration has approved emergency use of child-sized doses for children ages 5 to 11. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must also report before widespread vaccinations begin in that age group. The CDC’s advisers are weighing who will get the most out of it, while considering whether to recommend the shots to up to 28 million more children, or perhaps only to those most vulnerable to serious illness. Their recommendation goes to the CDC director for the last word. Shots in small arms could begin this week as Pfizer already packs and sends the first orders, millions of doses, to states and pharmacies to be ready.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade returns to pre-pandemic form, adding Baby Yoda
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will return to its pre-pandemic form this year, with the route restored through Manhattan, high-flying helium balloons once again drawn by traders and crowds welcomed back to cheer on them. And Baby Yoda is at the party for the first time. This year’s parade – the 95th annual – will return to form after bowing to pandemic restrictions last year. It will feature 15 giant character balloons, 28 floats, 36 inflatables of news and heritage, more than 800 clowns, 10 marching bands and nine performance groups and of course Santa Claus.
New balloon giants joining the ranks on Nov. 25 include Ada Twist, a scientist; Grogu (so-called Baby Yoda from “The Mandalorian”); and the Pokémon characters Pikachu and Eevee. Broadway will be represented by the actors from “Six”, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” and “Wicked”. The Rockettes will be there, as will the cast of the upcoming NBC live production of “Annie.”

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