Dr. Fauci: 'Likely Everybody Could Need A Booster'

By Jason Hall

August 12, 2021

Dr. Fauci Testifies To Senate Health Committee On Country's COVID-19 Response
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden, believes that, at some point in the near future, everyone will need a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot.

“It’s likely that that will happen at some time in the future,” Fauci said, when asked if everyone will need a booster shot at some point, during an appearance on CBS This Morning Thursday via CNN. “We’re already starting to see indications in some sectors about a diminution over time, that’s durability. We don’t feel at this particular point, that apart from the immune compromised, we don’t feel we need to give boosters right now.”

Dr. Fauci added that the data mentioned is being followed in real time, "literally on a weekly and monthly basis," with all different populations being used to determine whether the level of protection provided by the COVID-19 vaccine is reducing.

“When it does get to a certain level, we will be prepared to give boosters to those people, but from what you just said a moment ago, it is imminent that we will be giving it to immune compromised,” Dr. Fauci said.

When asked if individuals should get the same brand of booster shot as the vaccine they previously got, Fauci responded, "it is preferable that you go with the same brand."

Dr. Fauci also said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will be providing guidance when the time comes for a booster shot through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and their Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

The FDA is expected to authorize a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot for individuals with a weakened immune system at some point between Thursday (August 12) and Saturday (August 14).

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