As COVID-19 case numbers climb in MA, experts warn of possible holiday surge

BOSTON — The holidays are right around the corner, with Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, and many people are excited to spend some time with family and friends – but there are some concerning new trends in COVID-19 case numbers across the nation and the state.

Cases in Massachusetts are trending in the wrong direction.

Numbers were extremely low in early July when there were less than 100 cases reported daily.

Cases then peaked in mid-September, with some days seeing 2,000 new cases.

A downward trend since then is now reversing, with cases climbing steadily for weeks.

There is a silver lining, though – if there is another surge, experts don’t think it will last as long or do as much damage thanks to COVID-19 vaccines, which we didn’t have last holiday season.

The rise in cases has also reopened the booster shot debate.

Some argue everyone should be eligible for a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Some states like California and Colorado have announced anyone can now get a booster despite an FDA advisory group saying that wasn’t necessary back in September.

As it stands right now, only people who are 65 years and older, at high risk of serious illness, or high risk of exposure due to their work or living situation are eligible for a booster shot in Massachusetts.

Many are also hopeful pediatric vaccines will help curb a surge.

Pediatric vaccines were approved about a week and a half ago. In that time, roughly 15,000 children ages 5 to 11 have gotten their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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