November 30, 2021
Public health leaders in Pennsylvania and across the country are closely monitoring the Omicron variant while urging eligible Americans to get vaccinated or sign up for a booster dose.
Today, the White House COVID Response Team hosted its weekly briefing to highlight the latest developments in the fight against COVID-19 and the new variant.
“One thing has become clear over the last 20 months: we cannot predict the future, but we can be prepared for it,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
About 80 percent of U.S. counties have “high” or “substantial” spread of COVID-19, according to the CDC. All Pennsylvania counties are in the “high” level for transmission. Pennsylvania’s statewide percent positivity rate for COVID-19 for the week of November 19–25 stood at about 12 percent.
Here are five takeaways from today’s COVID-19 briefing:
“To be crystal clear, we have far more tools to fight the variant today than we had at this time last year,” Dr. Walensky said, citing the availability of vaccines for people 5 and older, booster doses, and additional testing capacity.
In addition, the CDC is not changing the definition of who counts as fully vaccinated, but is strongly urging eligible adults to receive the booster dose, Dr. Walensky said.
HAP joins the nation’s public health leaders urging everyone who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or the booster dose to make an appointment. Learn more about available appointments in your community.
A replay of the briefing is available online.
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