COVID-19 daily update: Cases, deaths, vaccination rates in Wisconsin, La Crosse, Eau Claire (August 18, 2021)

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LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – New data analysis is causing the CDC to strengthen its recommendation to receive the COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy.

More than two thousand pregnant people enrolled in the v-safe pregnancy study, and the vaccine did not produce a significant increase in complications.

While that doesn’t mean that pregnancy risks can’t occur, the study says the vaccine isn’t to blame.

Kenneth Merkitch, Gundersen Health System Physician said, “People do miscarry, people do have stillbirths, people can develop high blood pressure, the question is does the vaccine increase the risk, and the best data we have right now, fairly good-sized data, is that the answer is no.”

The data comes mostly from the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine.

The Johnson and Johnson vaccine wasn’t included in the study due to small sample size.

To date, 50.2 percent of Wisconsin’s population has completed their vaccine series. This includes children who aren’t eligible yet for a vaccine. State DHS says 60-point-8 percent of adult Wisconsinites are fully vaccinated.

Chippewa, La Crosse, and Dunn counties showed a slight gain in their population totals that have finished the shots in the arm.

Eau Claire County showing no gain in its percentage from yesterday.

The U.S. could soon recommend covid booster shots for many Americans.

Word out late last night that federal health officials and medical experts are expected to advise that most people in the country should get boosters.

Those who are eligible would be looking to get boosters eight months after their second doses. These groups include health care workers, nursing home residents and other older Americans.

This would only apply to the two-shot Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and today, Eau Claire City-County Health Director Lieske Giese recommends that people who get booster shots stick with the vaccine they used for their first and second doses.

“We strongly recommend that if you are in a situation where you have one of these immunocompromising situations that you talk to your health care provider that you’re already working with and talk that through with them,” said Giese.

The guidance could go into effect as early as mid-September.

The White House has said that the country has enough supply to deliver boosters to Americans – should health officials recommend them.

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