Fauci says 8-month COVID booster recording timeline is ‘very flexible’, confirms rollout begins September 20
dr. Anthony Fauci has said the advice for Americans to get a booster shot eight months after completing their COVID vaccine is “flexible,” adding that he mandates school vaccines forcing children to get the injections. , thought it was a ‘good idea’.
‘We are still counting on eight months. That was the calculation we made. This rollout will begin the week of September 20,” Fauci told NBC’s Chuck Todd on Sunday.
“But as we’ve been saying all along, Chuck, in the original statement, that’s the plan we have, but we’re open to data as it comes in.”
“We’re not changing it, but we’re very open to new data as it comes in. We deal with it very flexibly.’
Fauci added that the coronavirus booster shot is still pending formal approval from the Food and Drug Administration, as well as the advisory committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Both have advised that booster shots — a third for people who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, and a second for patients who received the Johnson & Josnson one-time vaccine — be given eight months after completion.
Many Americans, including those vulnerable to COVID who were vaccinated early this year, have already started receiving their boosters.
While Fauci insists the 8-month timeline is still the target, he left room for potential delays as health officials monitor the data daily.
Fauci said it was a ‘good idea’ for schools to force kids to get their COVID-19 injections amid discussions about booster shot rollouts, adding that this would hardly be the first time
Explaining his current flexibility regarding date range, Fauci added: “The data has been collected and we should have enough data by, I’d say, late September, mid-to-late September, early October for that data to be submitted.” to the FDA to investigate the risk-benefit ratio of safety and effectiveness,” Fauci added.
If anything, the timetable for receiving the third booster shot could come earlier than expected, as President Joe Biden says after meeting Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Friday.
The two discussed the possibility of shortening the timeline between the second and third vaccine shots, according to The hill.
The question that arises is: should it be shorter than eight months? Should it only be five months? And that’s being talked about,” Biden said.
‘We still keep it at 8 months. We’re not changing it, but we’re very open to new data as it comes in. We will be very flexible about it,” Fauci said on Sunday.
A medical worker in a school hall administers a dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to a Leibniz-Montessori high school student amid the coronavirus disease pandemic
Fauci added that the booster shot is still pending approval from the Food and Drug Administration, as well as the advisory committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Meanwhile, Fauci said it was a “good idea” for schools to force kids to get their COVID-19 vaccinations amid discussions about the booster shot rollout, adding that it would hardly be the first time .
The White House chief medical adviser cited the increasing prevalence of the highly contagious delta variant, as well as the fact that students already need several booster shots for school, as reasons to further vaccinate children against the coronavirus.
“I believe mandating vaccines for children to attend school is a good idea,” Fauci said in an interview on CNN on Sunday. State of the Union.
“We’ve been doing this for decades and decades, requiring polio, measles, mumps, rubella, and hepatitis. So it wouldn’t be new to have children vaccinated to come to school.’
Fauci, who has become a target of criticism by members of the GOP in the past year, told CNN that said criticism “is just a reflection of the politicization of what should be a pure public health problem and it’s a real shame.”
The COVID Czar spoke when new research published in the journal The Lancet Infectious Disease showed that the Indian Delta strain of COVID could double the risk of hospitalization among those who have not been vaccinated.
Those findings came from a study of British hospital patients admitted with the virus, whose genomes were sequenced to discover which variant of COVID they had.