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These People's COVID Immunity May End Sooner, Says Fauci

The vaccine schedule will vary by age group.
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Now that over half of eligible Americans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, many people are wondering when they will need a booster shot. This week it was revealed that the Biden administration has agreed to buy an additional 200 million doses from the drugmaker Moderna in order to prepare for the possibility that Americans will need booster shots. During an interview with NPR on Thursday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, revealed who will likely be first in line for their booster in the coming months. Read on to find out who will need booster shots first—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Have "Long" COVID and May Not Even Know It.

The Elderly Will Likely Need Booster Shots Before Others

When asked about the major purchase of Moderna vaccine, Dr. Fauci explained that it was partially in preparation of vaccinating the pediatric population of 12 to nine, nine to six, and six to two, which will happen in the future, but also for "the potential need for boosters."

However, he explained that not everyone will need a booster at the same time. "There'll be varying requirements of boosters," he revealed. "For example, it is likely that the elderly, who have less of a powerful immune system than people who are younger, those people would likely need a booster longer than that. So we're looking at this, hopefully we'll get the right answer, which I believe we will, and we will be prepared for it."

As for how long vaccine immunity lasts, "it's several months up to a year," Fauci revealed, "because people who have been vaccinated early on, original people who were vaccinated seemed to continue to have protection." 

"We're preparing to boost people, but we don't know at exactly what point we will have to do that, we're doing tests right now, clinical trials to determine various options for boosting people." 

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How to Stay Safe if You're Not Vaccinated

So follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Alek Korab
Alek Korab is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the ETNT Health channel on Eat This, Not That! Read more