American Health Specialist Dr. Anthony Fauci said Americans “might” need to get a third dose of vaccine in order to be considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
“In one HMO in Israel, they compared two doses to three doses and they found after seven to 13 days, the risk of infection was reduced by 68%. And after 14 to 20 days, the risk of infection decreases by 70 to 84 percent,” he said.
In a White House briefing, Fauci said the final decision would be made by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, the infectious disease expert said professional experience led him to believe that a third dose of the mRNA vaccine would be needed to provide long-term protection against the coronavirus.
While awaiting FDA approval, America is preparing a booster injection for all Americans who receive the mRNA vaccine from Pfizer and Moderna between five and eight months after the second dose. America is still studying the need for a one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine booster.
The formal determination of the third dose for “full vaccination” will have far-reaching implications for schools, businesses and other entities with vaccine mandates. White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients said the federal government would take “the same intensity” to encourage Americans to get a booster as it did for the early vaccination campaign. [ka/jm]