To help our members plan ahead for vaccination drives for their staff and individuals supported, we share this Axios article:
“The first Americans to be vaccinated against the coronavirus could require a third ‘booster’ shot as early as September, the CEOs of Pfizer and Moderna told Axios.
Driving the news: ‘The data that I see coming, they are supporting the notion that likely there will be a need for a booster somewhere between eight and 12 months,’ Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said yesterday during an Axios event.
That means some Americans could need a booster as soon as September or October, he added.
State of play: Only time will tell how long protection from the first two vaccine doses will last, but there’s no evidence yet that it’s fading. Even if protection does begin to fade — which is common among vaccines — it won’t happen overnight.
And as the virus continues to spread around the world, it’s possible that vaccine-resistant variants could eventually emerge. (The existing vaccines are highly effective against the variants currently circulating in the U.S.)
The bottom line: Even if you received your first shot in December, you don’t need to worry that you’ll wake up tomorrow having lost all of your immunity.
‘Personally, if I was in that situation, I wouldn’t be worrying about it — not yet. But I would want to see that data later in the year,’ Moore said.
The decline in protection would be gradual, and researchers around the world are gathering data on the subject through clinical trials and real-world evidence.”