Here's When You'll Need Your Third COVID Vaccine Shot
Now that you are fully vaccinated with two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines—or will be soon—or a single jab of Johnson & Johnson, you can breathe a sigh of relief—for the time being, at least. Unfortunately, like many other vaccines, including the flu shot, immunity against the highly transmissible and deadly virus doesn't last forever. So, when will you need your booster shot? Read on to find out—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Signs Your Illness is Actually Coronavirus in Disguise.
Here's When to Get a Pfizer Booster
According to Pfizer's chief executive Albert Bourla, immunity from the company's popular vaccine will wane within a year, and it is "likely" you will need to get a third shot following the initial two-dose inoculation within that time, followed by annual vaccinations.
"A likely scenario is that there will be likely a need for a third dose, somewhere between six and 12 months and then from there, there will be an annual revaccination, but all of that needs to be confirmed. And again, the variants will play a key role," he told CNBC's Bertha Coombs during an event with CVS Health. "It is extremely important to suppress the pool of people that can be susceptible to the virus."
Here's When to Get a Moderna Booster
This week Moderna also confirmed that their vaccine offers strong protection in the United States against Covid-19 six months after it is given. The company's chief executive, Stéphane Bancel, told CNBC that he hoped to have booster shots available soon. "I want to make sure there are boost vaccines available in the fall so that we protect people as we go into the next fall and winter season in the U.S.," Bancel said in an interview on "Squawk Box."
The Future of Vaccines? Added Protection Against Variants
During a House subcommittee on Thursday, Dr. David Kessler, head of the Biden administration's vaccine effort revealed that the government is focusing efforts on the spread of coronavirus variants, looking into whether further vaccination could better target mutant strains, "taking steps to develop next generation of vaccines that are directed against these variants if in fact they can be more effective."
Keep Doing Your Part
Whether you are vaccinated or not, keep following Dr. Anthony 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.