Are you afraid of needles?
A top COVID-19 expert said on Tuesday it’s unlikely that we’ll need a booster shot in the future.
Dr. Monica Gandhi, like so many experts, is thrilled by the efficacy of the three vaccines from Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson. "After vaccination, you form what are called memory cells," she explained. "The memory cells means they just last in your body for decades."
Dr. Gandhi is a professor of medicine at UCSF and Associate Division Chief of the Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital.
With so many people afraid of needles, this means just one or two pokes in the arm rather than three or more.
That’s one more step toward herd immunity, Dr. Gandhi added.
"(That gets us) into the category of those vaccines that you get after a very long intervals, like diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella," she said. "Those are great vaccines because you kind of forget about it in between those long periods."
Of course, this is Dr. Gandhi’s well-informed opinion - not fact.
She told KCBS Radio that too much of the world’s dialogue on the possible need for future COVID-19 booster shots comes from pharmaceutical CEOs, who would in turn naturally profit from booster shots.
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