Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday that it’s “likely” everyone will need a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine eventually.
“You know, it is likely that will happen at some time in the future,” Fauci said when asked about the possibility on “CBS This Morning.”
Fauci, who is the chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden, said there are already indications “of some diminution over time” in the durability of the vaccines.
Fauci said it was “imminent” that people with compromised immune systems will be given a booster shot, with others in the population likely getting one sometime after that.
“Apart from the immune compromised, we don’t feel we need to give boosters right now,” Fauci said.
“But importantly, we are following this in real time,” he added. “Literally on a weekly and monthly basis, we’re following cohorts of individuals—elderly, younger individuals, people in nursing homes—to determine if in fact the level of protection is starting to attenuate. And when it does get to a certain level, we will be prepared to give boosters to those people.”
The Food and Drug Administration is expected to approve third Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses for immunocompromised people on Thursday, according to reports.