PRESIDENT Joe Biden’s administration is reportedly set to advise that Americans get their covid vaccine booster shots eight months after their first shot.
Administration officials familiar with the talks have revealed that the decision will be announced to the public — the earliest being this week — to urge most people across the United States to get booster shots.
Two admin officials told The New York Times that Biden’s team has decided that booster shots should be administered eight months after an initial vaccine dose.
They also said the booster shots could start being offered as early as September.
The goal behind the suggested vaccine doses is to inform people living in the US that more protection is needed as cases spike across the country and the Delta variant continues to spread, the officials said.
The Washington Post also spoke with insiders, who wished to remain anonymous, about the decision which will likely be announced as early as this week.
The four individuals who spoke with the newspaper said the administration of the additional doses would come after Pfizer’s application for the booster shots is approved by the Food and Drug Administration, according to the report.
The Washington Post’s request for comment was declined by The White House on Monday night.
And it’s still unknown exactly when the announcement will be made, but a tentative announcement date was reported to be on Wednesday.
Earlier this month, Dr Anthony Fauci said the US may get a Covid strain that’s more deadly than the Delta variant if Americans don’t get fully vaccinated.
The doc’s warning came as fears among scientists grow that a potentially more dangerous variant could hit US shores amid rising infection rates
Fauci reiterated that’s important to get as many Americans jabbed.
He told Good Morning America: “When the virus spreads through the unvaccinated population, as it is doing rapidly now in many states with low vaccination rates, it can mutate regardless of whether the person gets mild symptoms or even no symptoms at all.
“And when you give it an ample opportunity to mutate, you may sooner or later get another variant.”
The expert warned a future variant may be more contagious and transmissible.
He also said that a potential mutation could be resistant to the vaccine.
Fauci told McClatchy DC that the virus will “smolder” through the autumn and into winter if an “overwhelming” number of Americans are not vaccinated,
The doc added: “We’re very lucky that the vaccines we have now do very well against the variants – particularly against severe illness.
“We’re very fortunate that that’s the case. There could be a variant that’s lingering out there that can push aside delta.”