“Those who have completed their vaccinations will not require any more boosters,” said the officials from the Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday.
In a joint statement, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that they were ready as well as prepared to offer booster doses in the future if the science supports them.
U.S. Health Agencies, People Who Are Fully Immunized Do Not Require Booster Doses Of Covid
It was also added that fully immunized people are protected from severe illness and death, including that caused by emerging strains such as the highly contagious delta variant, which has now become prevalent in other countries.
In addition to preventing variants like the surging delta variant, vaccines can also protect people from many other diseases. The World Health Organization suggested urging Americans aged 12 and over to get their vaccinations before the 3rd wave starts.
The risk of infection remains for unvaccinated individuals. The statement said that virtually all Covid-19 hospitalization and death cases were experienced by individuals who weren’t vaccinated.
Since it was declared a pandemic nearly a year and a half ago, more than 4 million people around the world have died from the virus. The United States has the highest death toll, with more than 600,000 reported deaths. The second and third places are occupied by Brazil and India, respectively.
In the company’s Thursday announcements, Pfizer requested their vaccine be administered a third time during the next year. In doing so, the company said the vaccine would significantly boost immunity.
Initial results from a booster trial conducted by Pfizer and BioNTech show that being administered the third shot six months after the initial two shots can increase antibody levels to a point where protection should be increased against diseases caused by either the original coronavirus strain or the beta variant (this variant was first detected in the country, South Africa). As part of their effort to target the delta variant, Pfizer and BioNTech are also planning to begin testing a new version of their vaccine this summer in volunteers.
The mRNA vaccine offers good protection against the highly contagious delta version if given two times. In a statement, U.S. agencies said they are carrying out the studies in vaccines as well as in boosters.
As the groups noted in their joint statement, the FDA, the CDC, and the National Institutes of Health are engaging in a science-based, rigorous process to decide if an additional booster is required. Data from a variety of sources is incorporated into the process, including laboratory results, clinical trials data, and cohort data – largely derived from various pharmaceutical companies, but not exclusively. We continue to track any new data as it becomes available and will notify the public. The CDC reports that 67% of U.S. adults are at least partially vaccinated, and 47 percent are completely vaccinated.
In addition to urging Americans to get vaccinated, President Joe Biden is urging more workers to stay active. As he mentioned just last week, “We should not get self-righteous.” He added that we all could finish this together and what they can do is, instead of the large mass vaccinations, they will use small-scale, community-based strategies to reach a greater number of people.
The CDC reports that the delta strain is the most prevalent strain throughout the U.S. It causes more severe illness for young adults and is more transmissible.
The virus accounts for 51.7 percent of all Covid-19 cases genetically sequenced so far in the country. During the same period two weeks earlier, the variant accounted for just over 30 percent of new cases.