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.
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,
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.