The U.S. announced that they are going to start boostering Americans for the coronavirus.
Why? The protection that was offered by the original two doses of the vaccine has started to wane, especially with this nasty Delta strain that seems to be mean to anyone it comes into contact with.
Having reviewed the most current data, it is our clinical judgment that the time to lay out a plan for Covid-19 boosters is now.Vivek Murthy, U.S. Surgeon General
Will a third dose actually cover you against COVID, and prove any more effective in preventing severe outcomes than the current two-dose vaccine?
They didn’t actually say.
What they DID say is that this booster is backed by heads of the CDC, the National Institutes of Health, and the Food and Drug Administration.
They are apparently hoping it will be more of an offensive move against Covid, especially with winter coming.
(Does anyone else feel slightly like we are in an episode of Game of Thrones??)
You don’t want to find yourself behind, playing catch up. Better to stay ahead of it than chasing after it.Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
As long as the FDA and the CDC sign off on the safety and effectiveness of a third dose, the boosters will become available starting in September.
Yippee! Pumpkin Spice, falling leaves, sweaters, bonfires, and booster shots.
You have to be 8-months out from your second dose of the vaccine in order to receive this booster dose.
And, everyone is kind of assuming that the rollout will be much the same as with the original vaccine with health care workers, nursing home residents, and people over the age of 65 first in line to get the booster.
Now, they are going to START with individuals over the age of 18 getting the vaccine.
But, teenagers didn’t become eligible for their vaccines until April. They wouldn’t be in the 8-week window for getting the booster, anyway.
People with compromised immune systems have already started getting the boosters, and hopefully this will carry them through cold and flu season.
Nothing has been said (yet) about boosters for those individuals who got the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.