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Long Beach Post lbpost.com 13 Jan, 2022 05:00 am

Only 32% of Long Beach residents have received a COVID-19 booster shot, officials say • Long Beach Post News

Only 32% of Long Beach residents have received a COVID-19 booster shot, officials say • Long Beach Post News

Just 32% of Long Beach residents 18 and older have received a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, mirroring low national trends that is causing concern among health officials that pandemic fatigue is leading to fewer people getting extra protection against the ultra contagious omicron variant.Nationally, 40% of Americans ages 18 and up have received a booster dose, up from more than 30% last month, according the Centers for Disease Control.In California, 38% of residents have received a booster shot, and in 19 counties, less than a quarter of people have gotten the extra shot, according to CalMatters.In Los Angeles County, about 43% of residents 18 and older have received a booster dose, according to the CDC.

She said unvaccinated people are nine times more likely to be hospitalized than fully vaccinated people, and 38 times more likely to be hospitalized than people who are fully vaccinated and received a booster shot.With concerns over the omicron variant, the CDC now says that all American adults should get boosters,  citing data showing that people who were fully vaccinated with an additional booster dose had lower case rates compared to those without a booster.

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