Mass vaccination sites return across the U.S. amid COVID surge

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Mass vaccination sites are returning across the US as officials scramble to address the recent uptick in coronavirus infections, largely driven by the Omicron version, new York Times Report.

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Why this matters: Large vaccination sites were instrumental during the start of the US vaccine rollout, Times Notes, The re-emergence of these sites could prove helpful in reducing the toll on smaller clinics.

Running news: Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker on Friday announced his state Open new mass vaccination sites To meet the growing demand for booster shots.

  • Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon and Rhode Island have either opened, or plan to wall street journal,
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state of play: The US saw a 225% increase in new cases in the two weeks leading up to January 6. Although omicrons appear to cause less severe disease, the rise in infections has placed a significant burden on health care systems that are already thin.

Noteworthy: Preliminary studies have found that earlier coronavirus infections appear to be much less protective against omicrons than other types.

  • Although 62.5% of the country has been vaccinated, concerns over the new strain have prompted many to seek boosters, according to the Times.
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