If You Got Moderna or J&J, Dr. Fauci Says Here's the Latest on Boosters
The coronavirus surge is slowing—but there could be a new one on the horizon is more people don't get vaccinated, and those eligible for boosters don't get them. With this in mind, many who got Moderna or J&J shots have no booster available—yet. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke with ABC News Live about those boosters and more. Read on for five points that could save your life—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.
Dr. Fauci Said Here's the Latest on Moderna and J&J Vaccines
"The booster shots were approved for Pfizer," said Dr. Fauci, "namely," he said, for "those elderly and those with underlying conditions." The Pfizer vaccine has been fully authorized by the FDA; the Moderna and J&J shots still have emergency use approval. "Since there are three products that are being utilized—one under a full approval and two under emergency use authorization—it's important that if you're going to implement a booster program to get the optimal and durable response, you would want all three of the products to be authorized, to be given a boost. And that's the reason why we're looking, with some anticipation, to what the FDA's decision will be about the booster program that will be submitted. And it will be examined by the FDA from both J&J and Moderna," Fauci said.
Dr. Fauci Gave This Update About Mixing and Matching Vaccines
"We're doing those experiments right now," said Dr. Fauci about whether one should mix and match vaccine brands, "that are going to answer that question. It's sort of a nine part grid where you take the three products that are given as the initial vaccination, and you mix as the booster either J&J, Moderna or Pfizer. And pretty soon we're going to have the data that will be examined by the FDA to determine whether or not it is safe and whether or not it induces an appropriate response if you mix one particular boost with one other particular product. So we'll have the answer to that question as soon as the FDA gives their approval and I can't guarantee they will, but I can certainly guarantee their look at those data very carefully, the way they always do."
Dr. Fauci Said Tests Would be More Widespread Soon
In some places, COVID tests are hard to come by. "That is going to change and is changing very rapidly," promised Dr. Fauci. "It is very important to have widespread available tests that are essentially point of care, where you can get the answer in a few minutes. There are going to be literally hundreds of millions of those tests be made available relatively soon. The Biden administration has made an investment of a couple of billion dollars to do that. So we are going to see a lot more availability and easy availability of rapid testing quite soon."
Dr. Fauci Said This is What He'd Tell Kyrie Irving
Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving has not been vaccinated and is skeptical about vaccines. "If I had that opportunity," to sit down with Irving, "I'd like to, in a non-confrontational way, have him explain to me what the reasons are, why he doesn't want to get vaccinated. And to the best of my ability, I'd like to explain to him why they may not be valid reasons. I mean, is there a fact, as he thinks there's not enough information about the vaccine, does he think they're not safe? Does he think they're not effective? Does he believe any of these conspiracy theories about him? I don't know. I've never had a conversation, but I would try to respect, you know, his opinion, but try to convince him otherwise."
How to Stay Safe Out There
Follow the public health fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—get vaccinated ASAP; if you live in an area with low vaccination rates, wear an N95 face mask, 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, 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.