Michigan faces COVID-19 emergency, Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause continues

Michigan’s hospitals are overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients. The CDC advisory panel advises the Johnson & Johnson pause should continue, and some health experts worry about vaccine hesitancy.
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Transcript for Michigan faces COVID-19 emergency, Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause continues
We turn next to the coronavirus in the U.S. Tonight. The CEO of pfizer now suggesting Americans will need a third shot, a booster shot, within a year of being vaccinated. That suggestion comes amid worrisome new numbers tonight. Hot spots flaring up as the variants spread. Climbing 30% in a month. In Michigan, hospitals are overwhelmed. Some setting up outdoor triage centers like we saw in the middle of the pandemic. In a heated exchange, Anthony Fauci asking when Americans will get their freedom back. Fauci answering, this is not about liberty, it's about lives lost. Reporter: Tonight, a growing emergency in Michigan. Beaumont health system overwhelmed with 800 covid patients, now setting up outdoor triage centers to handle the surge. We currently are in our third surge, which is just like a runaway train right now. Reporter: 24 of Michigan's hospitals are at 90% capacity. The health-care workers are tired, they're frustrated. They're being told to do more with less. Reporter: Across the country covid cases climbing 31% in the last month. And today, frustration boiling over on capitol hill. Dr. Fauci facing off with congressman Jim Jordan. When do ameri get their freedom back? When we get the level of infection in this country low enough that it is not a really high -- What is low enough? Give me a number. Reporter: Dr. Fauci saying it's not about liberties. Right now we have about 60,000 infections a day, which is a very large risk for a surge. We're not talk about liberties. We're talking about a pandemic that has killed 560,000 Americans. Reporter: The CEO of pfizer saying Americans will likely need a booster -- a third shot within 12 months of getting fully vaccinated and that it's possible they will need to get vaccinated every year. This after a CDC advisory panel extended a pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to investigate rare blood clots in six women. The fall outswift. Some vaccination sites already seeing a dip in demand. It's pretty unfortunate, because there's so much fear about the vaccines already. Reporter: Many of the 7,000 locations that were only offering Johnson & Johnson now scrambling to make other vaccines available. But the extended pause getting pushback from some health experts worried about vaccine confidence. If it comes to be that there are people who don't get a vaccine because they were only going to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or don't get covid vaccines in general, then we've done harm. Then in the name of caution, we've actually put people in a riskier situation. The picture across the nation. Whit, you reported pfizer CEO predicting Americans might need a third shot, a booster within a year of being vaccinated. Tonight, new data out on how many people have been infected with the virus after being vaccinated, and the number is very low, which is encouraging. Reporter: David, they're called breakthrough infections and the new numbers we're getting from the CDC show of the 6 million Americans who have now been fully vaccinated, there WRE only 5,800 covid cases. That represents just .008% of the fully vaccinated population. More evidence of how effective these vaccines within. David? Whit Johnson on the coronavirus tonight. Whit, thank you.

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