(WREX) — Pfizer says it is about to seek U.S. authorization for a third dose of its COVID-19 vaccine.
The company said Thursday that another shot could dramatically boost immunity and maybe help ward off the latest worrisome coronavirus mutant.
However, not everyone agrees with Pfizer’s line of thinking.
Both the FDA and the Center for Disease and Control issued a joint statement Thursday evening saying Americans do not need booster shots yet.
“Americans who have been fully vaccinated do not need a booster shot at this time,” they said.
The organizations did not rule out a possible booster shot of the vaccine, but says it will fully depend on science. The organizations also say they are prepared in case a booster shot is needed.
The United States is fortunate to have highly effective vaccines that are widely available for those aged 12 and up. People who are fully vaccinated are protected from severe disease and death, including from the variants currently circulating in the country such as Delta. People who are not vaccinated remain at risk. Virtually all COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths are among those who are unvaccinated. We encourage Americans who have not yet been vaccinated to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect themselves and their community.
Americans who have been fully vaccinated do not need a booster shot at this time. FDA, CDC, and NIH are engaged in a science-based, rigorous process to consider whether or when a booster might be necessary. This process takes into account laboratory data, clinical trial data, and cohort data – which can include data from specific pharmaceutical companies, but does not rely on those data exclusively. We continue to review any new data as it becomes available and will keep the public informed. We are prepared for booster doses if and when the science demonstrates that they are needed.
- Statement from the FDA, CDC and NIH
As of the morning of July 8, 47.7% of Americans are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.