On Thursday, July 8, Pfizer warned American citizens that the protection from two doses of vaccine could fade away after six months, hence recommending people to get an additional “booster” jab to achieve “the highest levels of protection.”
Pfizer’s CEO Albert Bourla recommended that the third dose could become an annual jab like the flu shot.
Soon afterward, the FDA and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a statement telling them not to rush for the third dose yet, giving that there has not been adequate data to prove its necessity. And the two top federal agencies recommended that it was more critical for unvaccinated citizens to get immunized.
On Friday, Sept. 24, President Biden said he would get a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved the third dose of the Pfizer/BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine for Americans over 65, those with an underlying health condition, and frontline workers at higher risk of coronavirus exposure, Fox News reported.
“I’ll be getting my booster shot,” Biden announced at the White House on Friday morning that he qualified for the at 78 years old. “I’m not sure exactly when I’m going to do it, as soon as I can get it done.”
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, endorsed the Pfizer booster shot for younger at-risk workers late Thursday.
“As CDC director, it is my job to recognize where our actions can have the greatest impact,” Walensky said in a statement. “At CDC, we are tasked with analyzing complex, often imperfect data to make concrete recommendations that optimize health. In a pandemic, even with uncertainty, we must take actions that we anticipate will do the greatest good.”
The White House president said doctors and scientists have concluded that booster shots will provide “top-level protection” against COVID-19.
“Our doctors and scientists are working day and night to analyze the data from those two organizations on whether and when you need a booster shot, and we’ll provide updates for you as the process moves ahead,” Biden said.
In the coming weeks, more information is expected on whether an extra shot is required for those who received vaccines by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.