Biden tells Israeli PM US is considering Covid booster injections just five months after full vaccination
- The Biden administration and health officials are considering recommending booster shots just five months after an Israeli study was published
- Boostershots could be available to Americans as early as September 20
- Biden met with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to discuss the country’s investigation into individuals vaccinated in January and February
The Biden government and health officials are considering recommending booster shots as early as five months after full vaccination after data was released from Israel, officials said yesterday.
President Joe Biden, who met Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett at the White House yesterday, said health officials are considering following Israel’s lead on booster shots.
Officials debate whether COVID-19 booster shots should be administered five months after full vaccination.
Speaking to Bennett, the president said, “We are considering the advice you have given to start earlier.”
Booster shots could be in the arms of Americans as early as September 20.
President Joe Biden met with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett yesterday to discuss the recent COVID-19 study released by Israel
The highly contagious Delta variant dominates the world, causing massive hospitalizations again. Biden administration and health officials are considering recommending booster shots as early as five months after full vaccination
Booster shots are expected to be approved in the US after Labor Day to allow federal health officials to review data provided by other countries.
Other countries, such as the Dominican Republic, Hungary and Germany, have already started or are about to start administering boosters to their citizens.
On Wednesday, Pfizer announced that in an unreleased study, the booster injection causes a three-fold increase in neutralizing antibodies.
The side effects are the same as those with the second dose, including headache, fatigue, mild injection site pain and fever.
The company is racing to get FDA approval for its third shot, according to Reuters, to distribute it soon.
Hospital admissions have hit more than 100,000 this week, the second time since the start of the pandemic
Sixty percent of the country is vaccinated, but the Israeli study found that vaccinated people have a six to 13 percent risk of contracting the virus compared to those who have not been vaccinated but had COVID-19
Israel recommends that others start giving booster shots earlier. In an unreleased study by Pfizer – which is seeking approval of the booster by the FDA – the third injection said the neutralized antibodies tripled
The Israeli study analyzed 2.5 million Israelis from June 1 to August 14, while the Delta variant dominated the country. The study, published Aug. 19, found that those vaccinated in January or February were six to 13 times more likely to become infected than unvaccinated people who already had COVID-19 in June, July and August.
Those who have been vaccinated during that time are also at a higher risk of being hospitalized.
The study reported no deaths.
The study comes just as COVID-19 hospitalizations in the US are nearing a peak since the Delta variant was first found in the country.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the number of hospitalizations from COVID-19 has reached more than 100,000 this week, marking only the second time since the start of the pandemic.