Dr. Anthony Fauci. NBC News/Today
Dr. Anthony Fauci stated that booster shots for COVID-19 vaccine are likely, on Thursday's "Today" program.
He stated that "no vaccine, at minimum not in this category, will have an indefinite amount protection."
Fauci stated that "Inevitably there will come a time where we'll need to give boosts" for people.
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According to Dr. Anthony Fauci (the nation's leading infectious-disease expert), people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 "invariably" will need booster shots.
Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical advisor, stated that no vaccine, at minimum, not in this category, will offer an indefinite level of protection, during an interview on Thursday's NBC News' "Today” show.
Fauci, who is also the director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said that there will undoubtedly be a time when they have to "give boosts" to the population.
Fauci stated that "what we do literally on a weekly or monthly basis is to follow cohorts of patients in order to determine when, if and who should receive it." We are not giving boosters right now to anyone, except for the immunocompromised. We will monitor them closely and, if they need it, be available to help them.
FDA will soon approve booster shots for immunocompromised patients
According to reports, the Food and Drug Administration will soon announce that it will approve COVID-19 vaccine booster shots in order to treat immunocompromised Americans.
Sources told NBC Wednesday that the additional jabs could begin as soon as Thursday.
Immunocompromised people can be less responsive to COVID-19 vaccines, whether they are due to immunosuppressive medication such as chemotherapy or autoimmune or renal diseases.
Recent preprint research that has not been peer-reviewed suggests that immunocompromised patients are at greater risk of COVID-19 infection even after vaccination.
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A May study by Pfizer found that the vaccine reduced the risk of developing symptomatic COVID-19 in immunocompromised patients by 75%, compared to 94% for all vaccine recipients.
Fauci stated that Fauci was highlighting the differences in the immunecompromised patients, who have never received a good response. "It's more about getting them to the level they hoped for, but because they are immunocompromised we know they don't.
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