COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to trend downward, though public health officials are sounding the alarm on a likely fall and winter surge.
Dr. Anthony Fauci this week warned Americans to be ready for the possibility of a COVID variant this winter that would elude protections from vaccines and prior recovery.
Although the FDA authorized bivalent COVID-19 boosters in August, nearly half of Americans have heard little to nothing about the new shots.
New CDC data show that less than 4% of eligible Americans have received a bivalent booster, with some experts pointing to a prevailing narrative that the worst of the pandemic is over as the reason that people are not seeking protection before the winter.
This could exacerbate the looming surge, health officials concede.
Additionally, HHS released a new report on Friday that estimates COVID-19 vaccinations staved off 650,000 hospitalizations of elderly, Medicare eligible Americans, as well as prevented upwards of around 300,000 deaths in this population.