Sponsored By
An organization or individual has paid for the creation of this work but did not approve or review it.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Dr. Fauci says most adults should get COVID vaccine booster shot

The nation's top infectious disease expert said the “overwhelming number” of adults should eventually get an additional vaccine shot to boost their immunity against COVID-19.

US-NEWS-CORONAVIRUS-BOOSTERSHOTS-FAUCI-GET.jpg
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, prepares to receive his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the National Institutes of Health on Dec. 22, 2020, in Bethesda, Maryland. (Patrick Semansky/Pool/Getty Images/TNS)
TNS

Dr. Fauci has a message for America : Get ready to roll up your sleeve, again.

The nation's top infectious disease expert said the “overwhelming number” of adults should eventually get an additional vaccine shot to boost their immunity against COVID-19 .

“We’d like to get as many people who were originally vaccinated with the first regimen boosted,” Fauci told Reuters in an interview.

Fauci predicted that only those who have received a booster shot will be considered fully vaccinated in the future.

ADVERTISEMENT

About 60% of all Americans have been fully vaccinated so far. Out of those, an additional 33 million Americans have received a booster dose.

After initially issuing narrow booster shot guidelines, public health officials recently expanded eligibility to all U.S. adults, six months after their initial vaccination.

Infectious disease doctors fret about data showing that immunity from the initial lifesaving shots can wane.

After a summer wave eased, the U.S. is in the grip of a new surge of COVID-19 cases. The vast majority of those suffering serious illness and death are unvaccinated, but an increasing number of vaccinated people who have not received booster shots are also suffering so-called breakthrough infections.

The frightening trend is likely to only worsen as the U.S. heads into the end-of-year holiday period. Northern Europe is already experiencing a fresh wave that is as bad or worse as any time since the pandemic first started spreading across the globe in early 2020.

Fauci and other public health experts have said they hope the ongoing vaccination program will help to contain COVID by the spring in the U.S. to the point where it can be considered an endemic disease.

That means the deadly virus will continue to circulate at a lower level, but it will cause smaller, less disruptive outbreaks.

The main obstacle to that goal is the tens of millions of Americans who refuse to get vaccinated amid a campaign of right-wing anti-vaccination disinformation. President Joe Biden and public health experts want to expand vaccine mandates to increase the number of vaccinated people, protect the broader public and allow the economic recovery to continue.

ADVERTISEMENT

©2021 New York Daily News. Visit nydailynews.com . Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

Related Topics: CORONAVIRUSCOVID-19 VACCINE
What To Read Next
Artificial intelligence can now act as an artist or a writer. Does that mean AI is ready to play doctor? Many institutions, including Mayo Clinic, believe that AI is ready to become a useful tool.
COVID-19 cases and deaths increased more slowly in the most recent Minnesota Health Department update. An average of 600 people test positive — and six die — each day in Minnesota.
Support groups, clinics and health classes are published weekly on Wednesdays. Email submissions to news@wctrib.com by 10 a.m. at least a week in advance.
Nonprofit hospitals are required to provide free or discounted care, also known as charity care; yet eligibility and application requirements vary across hospitals. Could you qualify? We found out.