COVID-19 Booster Shots: The Facts You Need To Know

The Biden administration is recommending that Americans get a third COVID-19 booster shot, eight months after getting their initial vaccine shots.

Pfizer, Moderna Booster Shots Will Be Available The Week of September 20, 2021. “The Biden administration’s top health officials announced Wednesday that beginning the week of Sept. 20, Americans who received a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine should expect to be offered a booster shot eight months after their second dose.” [Axios]

Johnson & Johnson Shots Need Booster Too. “Health officials said people who got the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine would also likely need an additional shot to prolong its effectiveness against coronavirus infection and to reduce the severity of COVID-19 symptoms.” [NPR]

Video: White House COVID-19 response team announces vaccine booster plan

CDC: COVID Immunity Falls Off, Booster Needed. “It’s now “very clear” that immunity starts to fall after the initial two doses, and with the dominance of the delta variant, “we are starting to see evidence of reduced protection against mild and moderate disease,” according to the statement signed by CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock, White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci and other U.S. health leaders.” [CNBC]

President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden Will Get Booster Shots. “White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday that President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will get a third COVID-19 vaccine dose if that’s what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention prescribes. ‘Certainly if they are recommended, once a formal announcement or briefing is done, they will certainly plan to follow the guidelines,’ Psaki said.” [Daily Mail]

 

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