Information has just been released that the government will announce today that they will no longer reserve the second booster doses of the vaccine and instead will immediately release them to everyone over 65.
Many people who have received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine report few, if any, side effects. A study last year, funded by NIH, found that some people already had certain immune cells that recognize SARS-CoV-2. These immune cells also reacted with coronaviruses that cause common colds. Your body’s disease defense system, the immune system, makes B and T cells when exposed to pathogens like viruses and bacteria. B cells make antibodies, which neutralize the microbes, rendering them harmless. T cells have a variety of functions, including killing infected cells and activating or recruiting other immune cells. Once your body fends off a microbe, it retains some disease fighting cells as memory cells. The next time you’re exposed to it, a memory cell is ready to fight the disease again. This gives your immune system a head start in combating the disease unless the virus is sneaky enough to mutate. The study proved that, in some people, pre-existing T-cell memory against common cold coronaviruses can cross recognize SARS-CoV-2 down to the exact molecular structures, which could explain why some people show milder symptoms of the disease while others get severely sick.
CSSE is reporting 22,515,032 positive cases in the U.S. and 375,239 deaths. DOH reported 1,488,586 confirmed cases in Florida today, with 23,071 deaths.