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San Francisco Health Official Clears Up the City's COVID-19 'Booster' Program

SFist 07 August, 2021 - 05:47pm

Much of that head-scratching was around the fact that these innoculations wouldn't be booster shots, but rather supplemental doses.

Check out some of the amazing #Vaccinate art in Alamo Square this weekend. Thanks to local street artists and muralists like @simonism @manuel165 @ianwestart @thetracypiper & @tonitoart for using their talents to help #VaccinateSF. 🎨 pic.twitter.com/qlDNzc1u3o

“There has been some publicity about an accommodation that the health department made,” San Francisco Department of Public Health Director Dr. Grant Colfax said during a recent press conference, according to KRON4. “There hasn’t been a change in our policy but if people talk to their health care provider and say, ‘I’d really like to have an mRNA shot in addition to the Johnson and Johnson shot that I got,’ we will accommodate that."

And there's a valid reason to want an mRNA supplemental dose (which is what these inoculations adminstered at SFGH will be; they're not "boosters" of newly developed vaccines). Multiple reports show the J&J vaccine may not be as effective in preventing infections from the Delta variant as mRNA-based Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Moreover: There's a growing amount of evidence that giving patients who were previously treated with a J&J vaccine can significantly improve their immunity against not only the original SARS-CoV-2 strain, but other variants as well.

"We’re accommodating that because we heard from the community that people were concerned and requesting," Colfax said before adding some clarification to previous statements made by the health department. "We wanted to be responsive and accommodate what people are asking for in that regard. But it’s not a change in policy. We’re not recommending that and we’re not promoting that as a way for people to become more protected.”

(The latter stance on not pushing these supplemental doses could be an attempt to fall in line with the World Health Organization [WHO] which recently came out against these "boosters," in order to ensure the unvaccinated have the chance to get inoculated first.)

To make sure those looking for these doses are as informed as possible, SFDPH says those who’ve gotten the J&J vaccine and are seeking a supplemental shot should consult with a doctor or their health provider first.

The most recent estimates from San Francisco show that 70% of the city's eligible residents have completed a full COVID-19 vaccine series; at least 76% of San Franciscans who can receive a COVID-19 inoculation have received one vaccine dose.

Nevertheless: Don't forget to mask up while inside public spaces amid this fourth wave to help lower its crest.

Related: Pandemic Updates: SF's Test-Positivity Rate Hits 15-Month High, Parties and Shows Start to Cancel Out of Caution

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San Francisco Health Official Clears Up the City's COVID-19 'Booster' Program

ABC15 Arizona 07 August, 2021 - 05:47pm

Much of that head-scratching was around the fact that these innoculations wouldn't be booster shots, but rather supplemental doses.

Check out some of the amazing #Vaccinate art in Alamo Square this weekend. Thanks to local street artists and muralists like @simonism @manuel165 @ianwestart @thetracypiper & @tonitoart for using their talents to help #VaccinateSF. 🎨 pic.twitter.com/qlDNzc1u3o

“There has been some publicity about an accommodation that the health department made,” San Francisco Department of Public Health Director Dr. Grant Colfax said during a recent press conference, according to KRON4. “There hasn’t been a change in our policy but if people talk to their health care provider and say, ‘I’d really like to have an mRNA shot in addition to the Johnson and Johnson shot that I got,’ we will accommodate that."

And there's a valid reason to want an mRNA supplemental dose (which is what these inoculations adminstered at SFGH will be; they're not "boosters" of newly developed vaccines). Multiple reports show the J&J vaccine may not be as effective in preventing infections from the Delta variant as mRNA-based Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Moreover: There's a growing amount of evidence that giving patients who were previously treated with a J&J vaccine can significantly improve their immunity against not only the original SARS-CoV-2 strain, but other variants as well.

"We’re accommodating that because we heard from the community that people were concerned and requesting," Colfax said before adding some clarification to previous statements made by the health department. "We wanted to be responsive and accommodate what people are asking for in that regard. But it’s not a change in policy. We’re not recommending that and we’re not promoting that as a way for people to become more protected.”

(The latter stance on not pushing these supplemental doses could be an attempt to fall in line with the World Health Organization [WHO] which recently came out against these "boosters," in order to ensure the unvaccinated have the chance to get inoculated first.)

To make sure those looking for these doses are as informed as possible, SFDPH says those who’ve gotten the J&J vaccine and are seeking a supplemental shot should consult with a doctor or their health provider first.

The most recent estimates from San Francisco show that 70% of the city's eligible residents have completed a full COVID-19 vaccine series; at least 76% of San Franciscans who can receive a COVID-19 inoculation have received one vaccine dose.

Nevertheless: Don't forget to mask up while inside public spaces amid this fourth wave to help lower its crest.

Related: Pandemic Updates: SF's Test-Positivity Rate Hits 15-Month High, Parties and Shows Start to Cancel Out of Caution

Read more posts by this author.

Florida man's funeral becomes COVID vaccination event after death from Delta variant

KXAN 07 August, 2021 - 12:36pm

Marquis Davis, 28, passed away from the virus on July 26 and was not vaccinated at the time, ABC News reported. Before his situation turned for the worse, Davis told his wife that he wanted to get vaccinated once he pulled through.

Davis's wife, Charnese, described her husband as a hard-working business owner and a loving father. He was also said to be an attentive family man all around, taking care of his siblings after their mother passed away in 2012.

Davis reportedly began to show signs of COVID-19 in late July, feeling short of breath and generally unwell prior to his diagnosis. He was quarantined at home but his condition worsened. Eventually, he was hospitalized.

"He was losing his breath just by getting up," Charnese said. "I was like, 'this is not normal, you need extra help.'"

It was later confirmed that he contracted the more infectious Delta variant of the virus that has been causing cases to surge all across the U.S.

Davis had reportedly been "adamant" about not getting vaccinated before his hospitalization.

"He was in the hospital," his wife explained, WFTV reported. "He said, 'Bae, I'm going to get the vaccine when I get out of here.' So he was going to get it. I was like 'Good, I'm so happy you said that, but it's too late.'"

Davis's wake and memorial were turned into a vaccination event after the idea was suggested to his wife by their church, Faith Temple Christian Center in Rockledge, Florida.

The event was held on Friday and will continue through Saturday afternoon, offering attendees the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

"[Marquis] was 28 years old, had the rest of his life in front of him, and because of COVID-19, specifically this Delta variant, and he was not vaccinated, his life was cut short," Dr. R. Shaun Ferguson, the pastor of Faith Temple, said. "Our position as a church is let's get this cut. Let's do this. I don't want to see another person lose their life, period."

"It's a lot of younger adults my age who don't want to get it or they think it won't affect them," Charnese said. "But, it does affect you. This could have been prevented, so let's get vaccinated so it doesn't happen to you."

Florida is now considered to be the epicenter of the current surge in COVID-19, leading the nation in new cases by a wide margin. The Sunshine State has seen over 132,000 cases in the last week, according to CDC data, with around 56 percent of residents being fully vaccinated.

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