Several days ago, the officials from the American medical companies Pfizer and Moderna announced that you will soon probably need the ‘booster shots’ of the COVID-19 vaccine!
The companies announced that, as soon as September, people would have to start getting back to vaccination sites to receive a third dose of the shot, aimed at prolonging the immunity developed after the initial vaccination.
Pfizer CEO, Albert Bourla, told reporters that the evidence he has been receiving so far suggests that people would need a booster shot somewhere between eight and twelve months after their first dose.
Another Pfizer official wrote in an emailed statement that the third dose would likely be needed until there is no significant reduction in COVID-19 cases across the country.
The spokesperson added that the company is ready to promptly update its vaccine if the emergence of new variants starts complicating the situation.
Stéphane Bancel, CEO of Moderna, confirmed that the third dose of Moderna would be needed, adding that the booster jabs should be administered sooner rather than later.
Moderna CEO emphasized that people who are at the highest risk and who were vaccinated in December and January should expect to receive their third doses as early as September.
Earlier this year, Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky said that additional vaccination would be required, most likely annually.
A surprising announcement?
To many, the recent announcements about booster shots come as a surprise.
On Thursday, even Dr. Anthony Fauci told NBC reporters that no one knows whether there would be any need for booster shots.
However, he warned people that they should be prepared for the possibility of a third dose.
These remarks are slightly dissimilar to those Fauci made a day earlier, when he stressed that Americans would likely need booster shots within a year.
In the same interview, Fauci expressed his belief that the third dose would not be accustomed to any particular COVID-19 variant as ‘shots against the wild type might provide a good enough immune response.’
Cornell virologist John Moore seconded Fauci’s Thursday statement.
He said that there is currently no proof that booster shots are necessary, particularly given that the protective immunity has not plummeted for anyone vaccinated since December.
According to Moore, it remains to be seen whether and when some early vaccine recipients would see drops in immunity that would warrant the administration of booster shots by the end of this year.
The Cornell professor also pointed out that some corporate interests might be behind the idea of the third dose vaccination.
He encouraged people not to worry about booster shots at this moment.