Coronavirus booster shots appear imminent

For months, there has been talk of coronavirus booster shots. Well, such booster shots are about to become a reality.

Several outlets are reporting that U.S. health experts are about to recommend coronavirus booster shots for those already vaccinated. 

Specifics

The latest information on coronavirus booster shots comes from the Associated Press, which cited “two people familiar with the matter.”

According to these individuals, U.S. health officials are expected to recommend that all vaccinated Americans get a coronavirus booster shot eight months after receiving the second coronavirus shot.

According to the Associated Press, booster shots will only be given out after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves such vaccines. The outlet says that this is expected to happen for the Pfizer shot “in the coming weeks.”

“Get the boost”

As mentioned at the outset, the idea of a coronavirus booster shot has been talked about for a while now. And, one of the leaders of this idea is Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Biden administration’s chief medical adviser. 

“It’s clear we want to make sure we get people, if possible, to get the boost from the original vaccine that they had,” Fauci said over the weekend.

Fauci’s argument has been that booster shots are needed to ensure lasting protection against the coronavirus.

Is it true?

In some places of the world, these coronavirus booster shots are already being offered to citizens. In America, so far, booster shots have only been authorized for certain immunocompromised patients.

It remains to be seen just how effective coronavirus booster shots are. Pfizer has put out a statement saying, “the data we’ve seen to date suggests a third dose of our vaccine elicits antibody levels that significantly exceed those seen after the two-dose primary schedule.”

Not all coronavirus vaccine supporters, though, are on board with a booster shot – at least not yet. There are many, including the World Health Organization (WHO), who are arguing that countries should wait to offer booster shots until the coronavirus vaccine has been made sufficiently available to those in third-world countries.

Expect to see the U.S. make a decision about whether or not to offer coronavirus booster shots to all within the next few weeks.

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