- Fauci said Wednesday that annual COVID vaccination may be needed
- But he said it was too early to tell whether the third shot would last.
- Fauci urges everyone who deserves a booster shot early
- Still says even fully vaccinated people should wear masks indoors
- On Wednesday, the White House confirmed the first US case of the Omicron edition
Dr. Anthony Fauci has warned that Americans may need to be prepared to receive a vaccination for COVID-19 every year to protect against infection, but stressed that holiday travel for vaccinations is still is safe.
Fauci said it was too early to tell whether the annual ‘booster’ would be needed in the form of a new edition, as he spoke with CNN’s Anderson Cooper during a town hall Wednesday evening.
‘Anderson, to be honest with you, we don’t know. We really don’t. You can say we might have it or we might need it, but we don’t know,’ Fauci said.
‘Maybe we may find the permanence of immunity. Or maybe not, and if it isn’t, we have to deal with how outbreaks and global pandemics develop,’ he said.
Dr. Anthony Fauci warns that Americans may need to be prepared to receive a vaccination for COVID-19 each year to protect against infection
First US case of Omicron confirmed on Wednesday, as this version crosses the globe
Fauci added: ‘So the honest answer is we don’t know what needs to be done. I hope we get a durability protection from that boost so that we don’t have to chase new variants all the time. But it is yet to be seen.
Fauci, who is President Joe Biden’s top COVID adviser, spoke on the same day that the White House confirmed the first US case of the Omicron variant, which is related to the mutation and is being closely tracked.
It was noticed by a patient in San Francisco who had recently been to South Africa.
At a White House press conference, Fauci urged everyone who is eligible to get a COVID booster shot as soon as possible.
Americans age 18 and older who received their second Pfizer or Moderna shot at least six months ago, or had a Johnson & Johnson shot at least two months ago, are eligible for a booster.
The duration of efficacy of vaccines varies widely. For example, the measles vaccine is effectively life-long, while flu shots are recommended annually to combat rapidly evolving strains of the influenza virus.
Now the lasting efficacy of mRNA COVID vaccines after a third of the recommended shots remains to be seen.
Now the lasting efficacy of mRNA COVID vaccines after a third of the recommended shots remains to be seen. A woman received the Pfizer vaccine in the file photo above
Despite his warnings, Fauci insists that holiday travel is still safe for vaccinations.
At the CNN town hall, Fauci raised eyebrows by recommending that people who have been fully vaccinated, and who have had a third booster shot, should continue to wear masks in ‘indoor collegiate settings’ where others are vaccinated. The situation is not clear.
Despite these warnings, infectious disease experts insist that it is still safe for vaccinated individuals to travel for the holidays.
Fauci said, ‘We have a problem that is now recognizable, and as I said, and I will say it again, if you have a vaccination status, your family has been vaccinated, enjoy the holidays. Take it, stay indoors with your family, with your family,’ Fauci said.
“Many of us have to travel during the holidays,” Fauci said. ‘You care what you do when you travel.’
He said, ‘Travel always increases the risk of getting infected, but if you wear a mask, especially when you are at the airport, you have to wear a mask while boarding the plane.
‘And if you can, get vaccinated as soon as possible, and now is the time to promote it.’