Health experts considering booster doses for optimal protection against COVID-19, its variants

*Healthcare professionals are considering the need for booster COVID-19 shots in view of concerns that the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) could turn into a seasonal disease that requires annual protections

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Are you fully vaccinated against the coronavirus (COVID-19)? That is great, if you have, but now, you need to start thinking about getting a booster shot. Why?

In view of the emerging concerns the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) could turn into a seasonal malady, one that needs annual protections, some healthcare professionals are currently considering the need for booster COVID-19 shots.

The advice was given by health officials in the United States (US) and the European Union (EU), who are increasingly concerned that the virus could turn into a seasonal malady, one that needs annual protections ─ just like the flu, agency report stated.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, foremost American scientist and leading infectious disease expert

ConsumerConnect reports Dr. Anthony Fauci, foremost American scientist and leading infectious disease expert, also says those who have been vaccinated will likely need another round of shots within a year or so.

Fauci, who is Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in the US, said a booster COVID-19 Vaccine may be needed as early as this fall for those who got vaccinated early on.

It was gathered that most scientists are still on the fence about the necessity of that but say they are keeping close tabs on the virus and how it mutates. Of special concern are the variants that might resist some of the immunity from the initial shots.

“We know that the vaccine durability of the efficacy lasts at least six months, and likely considerably more, but I think we will almost certainly require a booster sometime within a year or so after getting the primary,” Fauci said.

Albert Bourla, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pfizer, has disclosed that his company has not yet finished its trials on a booster vaccine.

However, he noted that data from the trial should be publicly available in the next few months.

Bourla stated: “I believe in one, two months we will have enough data to speak about it with much higher scientific certainty.”

According to Fauci, vaccines specifically targeting different variants of the virus may not be needed if people keep getting booster doses against the “wild type,” or the non-mutated strain of the virus.

The scientist added: “Instead of having to play whack-a-mole with each individual variant and develop a booster that’s variant-specific, it is likely that you could just keep boosting against the wild type, and wind up getting a good enough response that you wouldn’t have to worry about the variants.”

On why consumers may require yearly COVID-19 shots, experts now believe the disruptive Coronavirus could end up requiring seasonal mitigation efforts, similar to the flu.

The flu requires a new vaccination every year because it mutates and doesn’t provide protection for more than a year.

Pfizer Chief also said, for example, that people who received their second shot of his company’s Coronavirus vaccine brand at the end of 2020 may need a booster by this fall.

He said: “If they got their second shot eight months ago, they may need a third one.

“Booster shots could be coming between September and October of this year. But it’s ultimately up to the FDA to decide what to recommend and approve.”

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