As the Delta variant of Covid-19 is claiming lives across the U.S. and other new strains waiting to come to life, it’s believed that a rollout of booster shots may begin within weeks pending FDA approval.
Dr. Anthony Fauci claimed that three doses of the vaccine are required for complete protection.
Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stated that there is solid evidence to believe that a booster shot “will actually be durable, and if it is durable, then you’re going to have very likely a three-dose regimen being the routine regimen.”
However, it depends on the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to make a decision on the subject, according to Fauci.
The agency is looking into that option for later this month, as both Pfizer and Moderna applied for FDA authorization for a booster shot after six or eight months following the second dose.
Dr. Vivek Murthy, US Surgeon General, claimed that the recommendation for the booster shots would likely lead to disponibility for a considerable chunk of the population, and doses may start rolling out as soon as the week beginning on September 20.
“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,” Murthy added.
Extra doses were approved for emergency usage by the FDA this month for those with compromised immunity.
Though the booster shots are not yet available for the public, local health departments across the nation registered an increase in calls from those wanting to make appointments, as per a report from the National Association of County and City Health Departments.