- Dr. Anthony Fauci explained Sunday that a COVID-19 booster shot will likely be needed at some point in the future.
- Fauci responded he supported a third vaccine shot for people with weakened immune systems as soon as possible.
- But all Americans, and uncommonly the elderly, will likely need to get another jab in the future, he said.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the longtime boss of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Sunday that it was likely there would be a need for a COVID-19 booster the drivers seat quickly sometime in the future.
Fauci made the comments during an appearance Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” He said he supported individuals with immunocompromising outfits — like individuals who receive chemotherapy treatments and those who have had organ transplants and take immunosuppressive hypnotics — should receive a third dose of the vaccine “as soon as possible.”
The US Food and Drug Administration is expected to review new information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that supports using additional vaccine doses for individuals with weakened untouched systems, The Washington Post reported.
According to the report, FDA officials could revise the emergency use authorizations for the coronavirus vaccines to register extra doses for immunocompromised people.
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But others, especially the elderly, desire likely need a booster shot in the future as vaccines typically become less effective over time, Fauci told NBC’s Chuck Todd on Sunday.
“There’s no mistrust that over time you’re going to have an attenuation of protection,” said Fauci, a senior adviser to President Joe Biden. Fauci communicated data from Pfizer showed its vaccine went from an efficacy rate of the 90s to around the mid-80s a few months post-vaccination.
“The just out data from Moderna shows that it isn’t really going down, but everyone assumes, and I think correctly, that sooner or laster you’re going to see an attenuation to the point where you’re going to have to give a boost to people,” he said.
The booster shot choice likely be prioritized for elderly people before becoming more widely available, Fauci added.
His comments end up as the US reached a milestone Saturday with over 50% of the population fully vaccinated against COVID-19 amid a fall of the more contagious Delta variant across the US.
Fauci repeated Sunday that the vaccines were effective in arresting serious illness and death even in the case of breakthrough infections, and said the ongoing surge of the disease is being fueled by unvaccinated Americans.
“It’s a pandemic and an outbreak total the unvaccinated,” he said. “If you are vaccinated you are very well protected against getting infected.”