CDC Director: Annual COVID-19 Shots After Booster Not Expected

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said an annual COVID-19 booster shot isn’t anticipated, suggesting that a third dose may adequately strengthen the long-term protection of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. When asked about the need for annual booster doses, Dr. Rochelle Walensky said, “I don’t want to say never, but we are not necessarily anticipating that you will need this annually.” “It does look like after this third dose, you get a really robust response, and so we will continue to follow the science both on the vaccine side but also on the virus side,” she said during a CBS News interview on Aug. 19. On Aug. 18, Walensky and other federal health agency chiefs said during a joint news conference that they will recommend boosters to individuals eight months after receiving their second COVID-19 mRNA vaccine dose, starting Sept. 20. The CDC and Food and …Read More

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