The United States continues to be affected by COVID-19 outbreaks, and vaccines might provide the solution everyone is looking for. According to the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, in order to ensure complete protection, the third booster shot will be needed for vaccines such as Pfizer or Moderna. Fauci also mentioned two studies from Israel that found a reduction in infections for those who had received their third shot.
“At some point down the line, we may have a way of telling who needs an extra shot and who doesn’t. Right now, we don’t have that indicator, which is why we’re recommending that not only people get vaccinated across the board — regardless of whether they were infected in the past or not — but also when it comes to getting these extra doses to sustain and extend your protection, that we do that broadly,” US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy declared.
Fauci also added that the US Food and Drug Administration would have the last word in the case of third booster shots. At the moment, the FDA is still analyzing this possibility. If they are approved, booster shots might become available for Americans this very month, starting on September 20. The FDA has already approved the additional shot for persons with compromised immunity.
However, the priority continues to be raising vaccination rates across the United States public to aid in the fight against the virus. About 52.7 percent of the entire population in the United States is completely immunized. However, as per statistics from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seven of the ten states with the highest Covid-19 infection numbers in the previous week also had some of the highest vaccination rates.