Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared in NBC’s “Today” show, where he said “inevitably” people will have to receive booster shots for the COVID-19 vaccine. He added that people with weak immune systems should consider lining up for them as early as now.
Fauci, however, said that, currently, other than for the people with compromised immune systems, they will not give booster shots just yet.
Although, he added that, “Inevitably there will be a time” when they will be forced to administer booster shots. He reasoned out that ”no vaccine, at least not within this category, is going to have an indefinite amount of protection.”
Fauci Says Boosters Will Be Needed Eventually
For others, including seniors, data is still being collected to find out whether protection goes “below a critical level” or when this happens. If it does happen, “that’s when you’re going to be hearing about the implementation of boosters,” he said.
Fauci’s comments come a day following a study about the mRNA vaccines’ effectiveness in fighting the Delta variant, more specifically Pfizer’s. The study revealed that the said vaccine was only 42% effective against the Delta variant when it first emerged in July. “If that’s not a wake-up call, I don’t know what is,” a senior official from the Biden administration told Axios.
The study found out that, over the course of the research period, the Moderna vaccine was 86% effective against infection. Meanwhile, Pfizer’s effectiveness rate at 76%. The former was 92% effective against hospitalization while the latter was 85%. However, in July, when the Delta became the prevalent strain in Minnesota, Moderna’s vaccine became only 76% effective against infection while Pfizer was at 42%.
With this, Fauci also urged all U.S. teachers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday.
“I’m going to upset people, but I think we should,” the doctor said in an interview with MSNBC. “We’ve had 600,000-plus deaths and we are in a major surge now as we’re going into the fall, into the school season. This is very serious business,” Fauci added.
He also said that he knows people “like to have their individual freedom and not be told” what to do. Nevertheless, he believes the situation is too grave, so, given certain circumstances, vaccination should become a requirement.