Dr. Fauci Says These are the "Very People Who Should Get Vaccinated"
There are many concerns about the coronavirus vaccine and those behind it want you to know it's safe. At today's White House COVID Response Team press briefing, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he gets asked a lot about those who are immunosuppressed—should they get the vaccine? Or will it harm them? Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
If You Are Immunosuppressed, Get Vaccinated, Fauci Implores
"Many states, cities, and locations" will soon allow people "60 to 64 years of age with underlying conditions, including those that might be immunosuppressed because of certain drugs, such as glucocorticoids or corticosteroids for diseases like auto inflammatory diseases or allergic diseases," to get vaccinated, said Fauci. "There have been a number of individuals who feel that they should not get vaccinated because of those underlying conditions. I want to set the record straight for these individuals because they are more vulnerable to the more severe effects of if they do get infected."
"Therefore," he continued, "they are the very people who should get vaccinated. When you think in terms of having an immunosuppressed state, for example, if you're on glucocorticoids for rheumatoid arthritis or you're on some of the monoclonal antibodies that block the markers of inflammation, that under those circumstances, if that's where you are, there is not a safety issue with regard to the vaccine safety issues in immunosuppressed. Individuals relate to live attenuated vaccines, which are contra-indicated in people who are immunosuppressed. There was no safety reason not to get vaccinated. So for those who are thinking of getting vaccinated or soon will come up for vaccination, this is something that would be beneficial to you. The only potential downside might be that you might not have as robust a response to the vaccine as if you had a normal immune response, but clearly getting a less than optimum response is much better than no response at all."
Dr. Fauci Also Discussed Pregnant Women and Children Getting the Vaccine
"The next is the question of the vaccination of children, namely pediatrics and pregnant women," said Fauci. "As we all know, these were not included in the original clinical trials that led to the EUA for the two vaccines that are currently available. But I want to point out that since the EUA and under the EUA, approximately 20,000 pregnant women have been vaccinated with no red flags, as we say, and this is monitored by the CDC and the FDA. So that's where we're going there with regard to children and pregnant women. As I mentioned on a prior discussion with this group, the fact remains that we will be starting clinical trials in some have already started. We will not need to do tens of thousands of people. We will need just enough measured in hundreds to thousands for safety and whether or not we induce an immune response that is equivalent to the immune response that has been proven to be protective under the trials that have now shown to be 94 to 95% effective."
How to Avoid COVID-19
Follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this pandemic—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.