Executives at Pfizer and BioNTech previously said people will likely need a booster shot or third dose, within 12 months of getting fully vaccinated. They also said it is likely people will need to get additional shots every year. Last month, Andy Slavitt, senior advisor to President Joe Biden’s COVID response team, said the White House is preparing for the potential need for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots.
High-risk groups such as the elderly and people with underlying medical conditions are expected to be the first in line to get booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine, Pfizer’s chief scientific officer told investors. The two-dose vaccine has been shown to be about 95% effective against COVID two weeks after the second dose, though researchers who helped develop the shot now say they are beginning to see that strong protection wanes over time.
Although the pandemic is waning, we need to still keep our eyes and ears open to be sure that we continue the battle. We are weary, our residents are lonely and families are frustrated, however, as we relax our visitation protocols, be sure we are staying safe! Stay well and stay tuned!