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White House Outlines Plan for Coronavirus Booster Shots
The U.S. Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, announced that the White House coronavirus response team is planning to begin offering booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines in September, pending F.D.A. approval.
Having reviewed the most current data, it is now our clinical judgment that the time to lay out a plan for Covid-19 boosters is now. Recent data makes clear that protection against mild and moderate disease has decreased over time. This is likely due to both waning immunity and the strength of the widespread Delta variant. Even though this new data, even though this new data affirms that vaccine protection remains high against the worst outcomes of Covid, we are concerned that this pattern of decline we are seeing will continue in the months ahead, which could lead to reduced protection against severe disease, hospitalization and death. That is why today we are announcing our plan to stay ahead of this virus by being prepared to offer Covid-19 booster shots to fully vaccinated adults 18 years and older. They would be eligible for their booster shot eight months after receiving their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccines. We plan to start this program the week of Sept. 20, 2021. This plan is pending the F.D.A. conducting an independent evaluation of the safety and effectiveness of a third dose of the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines, and the C.D.C.’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is issuing a booster dose recommendations based on a thorough review of the evidence.
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