ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Hospital patients in Florida are seeing more coronavirus patients than ever before.
About 95% of them are unvaccinated.
Dr. Rajiv Bahl, an emergency medicine physician in Central Florida, said a handful of of the vaccinated people who have come in with COVID-19 include “individuals who have had an organ transplant undergoing chemotherapy, or radiation, or even HIV and some other comorbidities.”
Bahl said they are more susceptible because “their body already has a lowered ability to fight.”
Immunocompromised patients were some of the first people in line to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but studies have shown they often don’t generate enough antibodies in the first place, so they don’t get full protection.
The CDC estimates about 9 million Americans are immunocompromised.
A Johns Hopkins study found they are 485 times more likely to end up in the hospital or even die from COVID-19, even if they are vaccinated.
Concerns over the more contagious delta variant have pushed the FDA and CDC to consider a third booster shot for the immunocompromised.
The CDC is set to meet Friday for a vote. Authorization of another dose would be just for those immunocompromised people who got Pfizer or Moderna. Studies are in the works for Johnson & Johnson.
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