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Fauci: Vaccinated people can go trick-or-treating

Dr. Anthony Fauci, who spoke Sunday on ABC’s “This Week”, said vaccinated people can enjoy trick-or-treat on Halloween and family gatherings during the holiday season, especially as health officials are expected to approve vaccines for children ages 5 to 11 in early November.

“If you’ve been vaccinated and your family members have been vaccinated … you can enjoy the holidays. You can enjoy Halloween, trick-or-treat and certainly Thanksgiving with your family and Christmas with your family,” said Fauci, the pandemic adviser to President Biden, said.

“That’s one of the reasons why we stressed why it is so important to be vaccinated, not only for your own safety, for the sake of your family, but also for the good of society, in order to keep the level of infection down. When you do, “There’s no reason why you should not enjoy the holiday in a family way, as we have traditionally done all along.”

Fauci also called the FDA’s recent approval of a Johnson & Johnson vaccine enhancer a “very good thing” because data show the vaccine probably “should have been a two-dose vaccine to begin with.”

Federal health authorities will investigate whether people who received Johnson & Johnson’s first shot should receive a booster of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines after laboratory data showed that this increased antibody levels compared to those found after only one Johnson & Johnson. dose, Fauci said.

But the decision on what type of booster shot to get will depend on health recommendations and particular individual situations, Fauci said. Women of childbearing potential may want Pfizer or Moderna boosters because they have a small chance of developing myocarditis, inflammation of the heart muscle, which is a rare side effect of such mRNA vaccines, Fauci said.

“If you are a young man who has the very, very rare risk of getting myocarditis, you may want to take the J&J route,” Fauci said.

The risk of myocarditis is low, statistics show. In the United States in June, approximately 296 million doses of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines had been administered, and only 1,226 cases of myocarditis were reported, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Health officials are also looking to Israel, which previously rolled out vaccines, for information on when they can recommend boosters to those who received the Moderna vaccine.

“The data we are starting to see from Israel indicates that even in the somewhat younger group, for example from 40 to 60, there is a real benefit to getting the booster shot,” Fauci said.

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