Those who are fully immunized with the Pfizer vaccine may be the first to get boosters, according to a report. When will you get a booster shot this fall? We’ll explain.
President Joe Biden is pushing for COVID-19 vaccine boosters as soon as 5 months after someone becomes fully vaccinated. But health officials in his administration are reportedly cautioning that initially boosters may be available just for those who received the Pfizer vaccine, because regulators may need more time to evaluate the vaccines from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.
A booster from Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer or Moderna could provide added protection for the fully vaccinated as the COVID-19 delta variant surges across the country. The plan for boosters this fall comes as research shows that the effectiveness of the vaccines can decline. “Recent data makes clear that protection against mild and moderate disease has decreased over time,” US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said during a recent briefing on COVID-19 vaccines. “This is likely due to both waning immunity and the strength of the widespread delta variant.”
What does all this mean in the US? Read on for what we know about COVID-19 booster shots today, including who can get them now, why they’re needed, how they relate to breakthrough infections and what the controversy has been surrounding third shots. We’ll be updating this as new information is released.
Why would those who received the Pfizer vaccine get a booster shot first?
According to a report by The New York Times, administration health officials warn that the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may not have enough time to approve boosters from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson in time to meet Biden’s goal of starting booster shots on Sept. 20. In August, Biden said his administration would recommend booster shots for all Americans starting in the middle of September, following FDA approval.
So by Sept. 20, officials caution, the agencies may be able to recommend boosters just for the Pfizer vaccine.
Who could qualify for the COVID-19 booster shot and when?
In August, health officials in the Biden administration recommended an additional shot for Americans 18 and over who are fully vaccinated with the Pfizer or Moderna shots, proposing a booster eight months after being fully vaccinated. ReadMore
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