The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) last week recommended that all adults age 18 or older should receive a vaccine booster shot six months after their last shot of a completed vaccine regimen.
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont and New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham — both Democrats — have said the definition of fully vaccinated should now include a booster shot, as each insists that all adults in his or her state get the extra shot.
Fauci said health officials have no plans to change the definition of fully vaccinated to booster shots, but he admitted it could happen.
“We are now going to see what the durability of the booster is,” Fauci said.State of the Unionhost Dana Bash. “We’re going to follow people who get a boost.”
“People shouldn’t be put off by the fact that as time goes on and we learn more and more about the protections we could change the guidelines,” he explained. “That’s what we say all along by following the science, things change and you have to follow the data.”
For now, the definition of fully vaccinated remains as two injections of a Pfizer or Moderna regimen or one injection of a Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Fauci later said on ABC’s “This weekThat he hopes booster injections won’t decline in the same way the initial regimens did, allowing Americans to avoid more regular booster shots after six months or even a year.
“We’re hoping, and this is something we’re looking at very carefully, that that third injection of the mRNA not only gives you a boost, but also increases durability so that you don’t necessarily need it every six months or a year. Fauci said. “We hope it pushes it out more.”
“If not, and the data shows we should do it more often, then we’ll do it, but we want to make sure we’re protecting the population in the best possible way and that you’re doing what you need to do.”
Fauci urged parents to vaccinate their children now so they are fully vaccinated by Christmas.