U.S. boosters surge to all-time high on Omicron fears – Reuters

REUTERS/Emily ElconinRegister now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comRegisterWASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Americans are lining up for booster dosages of COVID-19 vaccines at a record speed, with concerns about the newly-detected Omicron coronavirus alternative stimulating millions to get shots, the U.S. government said on Tuesday.Just under a million people a day received booster doses of one of the 3 authorized vaccines last week, the greatest rate considering that U.S. regulators provided the nod to additional shots for some grownups in September, federal government data programs.”In the last week, weve gotten nearly 7 million people a booster; thats a million booster shots in arms a day.”Weve seen a substantial spike in need over the previous two weeks due to multiple elements including the vacations, authorization of boosters for all and pediatric populations, and increased alternative news,” stated Erin Loverher, a Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (WBA.O) spokesperson.Preliminary proof shows that the variant likely has a higher degree of transmissibility however is less serious, top U.S. contagious disease specialist Anthony Fauci stated on Tuesday.Although more data is required, early cases of Omicron appear to require fewer patients and hospitalizations are less likely to need oxygen, Fauci informed reporters at the White House briefing.More information is expected next week, Fauci stated, but it will take a few weeks to reach any conclusive conclusions.Register now for FREE unrestricted access to reuters.comRegisterReporting by Ahmed Aboulenein in Washington and Michael Erman in New Jersey; Additional Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall and David GregorioOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.