Fauci: ‘We Very Well May Need’ COVID Booster Shots After 6-18 Months
'We need to be careful about that six-month number'
White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Americans could require booster shots to secure protection against COVID-19.
During Sunday on MSNBC’s The Mehdi Hasan Show, Host Mehdi Hasan asked:
"Should we get prepared to get Covid vaccine booster shots every six months, 12 months, like we get the flu shots? Is that something we should plan for?"
"We need to be careful about that six-month number."
Pfizer says their vaccine provides protection for at least 6 months. But are booster shots on the way @MehdiRHasan asks? “While it’s highly likely that it will be effective for considerably longer,” Dr. Fauci explains, “we very well may need to get booster shots." pic.twitter.com/EhZripvM3G— The Mehdi Hasan Show (@MehdiHasanShow) April 12, 2021
"The study only went out as far as six months," Fauci said.
"We know for sure it’s effective for six months but highly likely that it will be effective for considerably longer period of time," he added.
"The way to get the answer is to follow people closely enough to determine when that level of efficacy or protect diminishes."
"So the good news is that it’s at least six months," Fauci continued.
"Hopefully, a lot more. But indirect answer to your question, if it turns out a year or a year and a half, we very well may need to get booster shots to keep up the level of protection."
Earlier this month, Fauci struggled to explain why coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continued to plummet in Texas despite the state lifting its restrictions almost a month ago.
Speaking during an interview on MSNBC, Fauci said he was “not really sure” why the fall in cases is continuing in Texas.
He then offered a feeble reason that it could be because “people are doing things outdoors.”
“There are a lot of things that go into that, I mean when you say that they’ve had a lot of activity on the outside, like ball games."
"I’m not really quite sure. It could be they’re doing things outdoors.”
Dr. Fauci on Texas Covid cases dropping despite ignoring his advice on masks/social distancing: "It can be confusing, because … often you have to wait a few weeks before you see the effect ... I’m not really quite sure. It could be they’re doing things outdoors" pic.twitter.com/yuFEPoE2BV— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) April 6, 2021