Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday that people will likely need a Covid-19 booster shot “within a year” of their first dose as the US and the rest of the world continue to vaccinate people with primary shots.
“I think we will almost certainly need a booster sometime within a year of receiving primary care, as shelf life protection against coronavirus is generally not lifelong like measles,” the president’s chief medical officer said at an event.
Due to the lack of availability of data from studies, there is still uncertainty about the schedule for third booster recordings for Covid.
Albert Bourla, CEO of Pfizer, said the third booster shot could be required anywhere from eight to twelve months. “I think in a month or two we will have enough data to talk about it with much greater scientific certainty,” said Bourla.
At least 37.8 percent of the US population is now fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Approximately 47.9 percent of people in the country have received at least one shot of Covid vaccine, which remains the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
According to vaccine manufacturers, studies show that their shots provide strong protection against the novel virus for about six months, but not enough to last over a year. Experts are also tracking the new variants to determine their effects on vaccines and immunity.
Dr. Fauci made it clear that the new federal guidelines on wearing masks were “misinterpreted”. He said people mistakenly think this is a mask removal for everyone.
“It’s a guarantee for those who are vaccinated that they can feel safe, whether it’s outside or inside.”
The CDC updated its mask mandate guidelines Thursday, stating that fully vaccinated Americans are not required to wear a mask indoors and outdoors, with the exception of health facilities, homeless shelters, prisons and prisons, and public transportation.
Dr. Fauci said there wouldn’t be a need for variant-specific boosters. “Instead of playing with each and every variant in rapid succession and developing a booster that is variant-specific, chances are you can just keep cranking up against the wild type [original strain]and in the end, get a good enough answer that you don’t have to worry about the variations, “he said.
The infectious disease expert said children in the US are expected to receive vaccines in late 2021 or the first quarter of 2022.
The US approved the use of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for adolescents ages 12-15 after the vaccine manufacturer declared it was 100 percent effective in that age group.
In less than a week since its release, more than 600,000 children ages 12-15 have been vaccinated and more than 4.1 million teenagers ages 12-17 have been vaccinated to date.