President Joe Biden said on Friday, Aug. 27, that he and his chief infectious disease advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci have discussed the requirement of a COVID-19 booster shot every five months; instead of eight months as previously expected.
“The question raised is should it be shorter than eight months? Should it be as little as five months? That’s being discussed. I spoke with Dr. Fauci this morning about that,” Biden said in the Oval Office.
The booster shots for Americans “will start here on Sept. 20 pending approval of the FDA and the CDC committee of outside experts,” he said.
In a statement on Aug. 18, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officially announced that the booster shots for the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus or COVID-19, by Pfizer and Moderna, would be available to all adult Americans by Sept. 20.
Accordingly, for those who have completed their first round of immunization from the two-shot vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna, it’s recommended they seek a third shot at least eight months after their last injection.
Pfizer and BioNTech claimed that a booster shot for their two-dose vaccine would help improve the body’s ability to fight the CCP virus. However, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson also said their vaccines work better with extra shots.
According to New York Post, the changing timeframe on booster shots threatens to undermine the White House messaging amid vaccine hesitancy among certain demographic groups.
Although vaccines help dramatically lower the risk of severe symptoms, hospitalization, and death, the high rate of vaccination has not stopped a surge in cases of the Delta variant of the CCP virus. The daily average of more than 156,000 new cases in the United States over the past week matches the case rate in late January.