[guest post by Dana]
COVID-19 booster shots of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are set to become available for all Americans beginning next month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement.
“Based on our latest assessment, the current protection against severe disease, hospitalization, and death could diminish in the months ahead, especially among those who are at higher risk or were vaccinated during the earlier phases of the vaccination rollout,” HHS said Wednesday morning.
“For that reason, we conclude that a booster shot will be needed to maximize vaccine-induced protection and prolong its durability.”
The plan is set to go into effect the week of Sept. 20. In the meantime, the FDA continues “conducting an independent evaluation and determination of the safety and effectiveness of a third dose of the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines and CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) issuing booster dose recommendations based on a thorough review of the evidence.”
It seems crazy that booster shots are already starting to roll out given that these states have not yet reached a 40% fully vaccinated rate: Arkansas (38.8%), Alabama (35.7%), Georgia (39.7%), Idaho (38.1%), Louisiana (38.7%), Mississippi (36.1%), West Virginia (39.3%), and Wyoming (37.6%).