Biden tells Israeli Prime Minister the US is considering Covid booster shots as early as five months post full vaccination
- The Biden Administration and health officials are considering recommending booster shots as early as five months after an Israeli study is published
- Booster shots could be available to Americans as early as September 20
- Biden met with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to discuss the country’s research on individuals who were vaccinated in January and February
The Biden administration and health officials are considering recommending booster shots as early as five months post full vaccination after data from Israel was released, officials said yesterday.
Officials are debating whether COVID-19 booster shots should be administered as soon as five months post full vaccination.
In conversation with Bennett, the President said: ‘We’re considering the advice you’ve given that we should start earlier.’
Booster shots could be in the arms of Americans as early as September 20.
President Joe Biden met with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett yesterday to discuss the recent COVID-19 study Israel released
The highly contagious Delta variant has been dominating the world and causing mass hospitalizations again. The Biden administration and health officials are considering recommending booster shots as early as five months post full vaccination
Booster shots are expected to be approved in the US after Labor Day to allow federal health officials to review the data provided by other countries.
Other countries, like the Dominican Republic, Hungary, and Germany, have already begun or are about to begin administrating boosters to their citizens.
On Wednesday, Pfizer announced that in an unreleased study, its booster shot provides a threefold increase of neutralizing antibodies.
The side effects are the same as those experienced from the second dose, which includes headaches, tiredness, mild pain at the injection site, and a fever.
The company is racing to get FDA approval for its third shot, according to Reuters, to distribute it soon.
Hospitalizations have reached more than 100,000 this week, the second time this has happened since the start of the pandemic
Sixty per cent of the country has been vaccinated, but the Israeli study found that vaccinated people are six to 13 per cent risk of catching the virus compared to those who are unvaccinated but had COVID-19
Israel is recommending others to start administrating booster shots earlier. In an unreleased study by Pfizer – who is taking for FDA approval of its booster – said its third shot increased neutralized antibodies by threefold
The Israeli study analyzed 2.5 million Israelis from June 1 to August 14 while the Delta variant was dominating the country. The study, published on August 19, found that those who were vaccinated in January or February were six to 13 times more likely to get infected than unvaccinated people who already had COVID-19 in June, July, and August.
Those who were vaccinated during that time also have a higher risk of being hospitalized.
The study did not report any deaths.
The study comes just as COVID-19 hospitalizations in the US approach a peak since the Delta variant was first found in the country.
The Wall Street Journal reported COVID-19 hospitalizations have reached more than 100,000 this week, which is only the second time since the start of the pandemic.