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Booster dose of covid vaccine for all Americans from Sept 20
The US finally announced on Wednesday that it will administer a booster dose of covid vaccine to all eligible Americans who have received the two-dose vaccination of Pfizer or Moderna as it has been found that the protection wanes over time. The booster will be administered eight months after the second dose. It will begin on September 20.

WASHINGTON, Aug 18: The US finally decided on Wednesday to administer a booster dose of covid vaccine to all Americans who have received the two shots of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single-dose of Johnson and Johnson's Janssen as it has been found in studies that the protection wanes over time, a volte-face from the previous stand that fully vaccinated Americans did not need booster shots. The widespread outbreak of the highly infectious covid variant Delta also contributed to the new decision.

The booster will be given eight months after the second dose. The programme will begin on September 20 as the first batch of the vaccine recipients had their second dose in the month of January and they will complete eight months by then.

Earlier, on Friday, the FDA had authorised booster dose to those with weakened immune system and those with comorbidities like cancer and HIV.

“We are starting to see evidence of reduced protection against mild and moderate disease,” according to a joint statement of CDC Director Dr Rochelle Walensky, acting FDA Commissioner Dr Janet Woodcock, National Institutes of Health Director Dr Francis Collins, White House chief medical advisor Dr Anthony Fauci and other experts.

“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,” the statement said.

The decision is subject to a formal recommendation from a CDC vaccine advisory committee and approval from the FDA. Collins said if for any reason the same vaccine as taken earlier is not available, one may take the one that can be accessed.

Both Pfizer and Moderna had stated earlier that the effectiveness of the vaccine declined over time and booster was needed. One study in New York showed it dropped from around 92% to 80%.

Meanwhile, the WHO has pleaded to stop the booster dose untill at least one dose is given to people in the poorer countries as the vaccine is still in short supply.

The following is the text of the joint statement issued by the FDA:

August 18, 2021

Today, public health and medical experts from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the following statement on the Administration’s plan for COVID-19 booster shots for the American people.

The statement is attributable to Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Dr. Janet Woodcock, Acting Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration (FDA); Dr. Vivek Murthy, U.S. Surgeon General; Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH); Dr. Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor to President Joe Biden and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID); Dr. Rachel Levine, Assistant Secretary for Health; Dr. David Kessler, Chief Science Officer for the COVID-19 Response; and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, Chair of the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force:

“The COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States continue to be remarkably effective in reducing risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant. Recognizing that many vaccines are associated with a reduction in protection over time, and acknowledging that additional vaccine doses could be needed to provide long lasting protection, we have been analyzing the scientific data closely from the United States and around the world to understand how long this protection will last and how we might maximize this protection. The available data make very clear that protection against SARS-CoV-2 infection begins to decrease over time following the initial doses of vaccination, and in association with the dominance of the Delta variant, we are starting to see evidence of reduced protection against mild and moderate disease. 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. For that reason, we conclude that a booster shot will be needed to maximize vaccine-induced protection and prolong its durability.

“We have developed a plan to begin offering these booster shots this fall subject to FDA 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. We are prepared to offer booster shots for all Americans beginning the week of September 20 and starting 8 months after an individual’s second dose. At that time, the individuals who were fully vaccinated earliest in the vaccination rollout, including many health care providers, nursing home residents, and other seniors, will likely be eligible for a booster. We would also begin efforts to deliver booster shots directly to residents of long-term care facilities at that time, given the distribution of vaccines to this population early in the vaccine rollout and the continued increased risk that COVID-19 poses to them.

“We also anticipate booster shots will likely be needed for people who received the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine. Administration of the J&J vaccine did not begin in the U.S. until March 2021, and we expect more data on J&J in the next few weeks. With those data in hand, we will keep the public informed with a timely plan for J&J booster shots as well.

“Our top priority remains staying ahead of the virus and protecting the American people from COVID-19 with safe, effective, and long-lasting vaccines especially in the context of a constantly changing virus and epidemiologic landscape. We will continue to follow the science on a daily basis, and we are prepared to modify this plan should new data emerge that requires it.

“We also want to emphasize the ongoing urgency of vaccinating the unvaccinated in the U.S. and around the world. Nearly all the cases of severe disease, hospitalization, and death continue to occur among those not yet vaccinated at all. We will continue to ramp up efforts to increase vaccinations here at home and to ensure people have accurate information about vaccines from trusted sources. We will also continue to expand our efforts to increase the supply of vaccines for other countries, building further on the more than 600 million doses we have already committed to donate globally.”

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