CDC director: Annual COVID-19 dose after booster not anticipated

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle WalenskyRochelle WalenskyCDC studies show vaccine protection against infection wanes over time Questions and answers on Biden’s new booster shot plan Biden administration to start booster shots on Sept. 20 MORE on Thursday said that while the CDC is recommending booster COVID-19 shots, annual shots going forward may not be necessary.

“You know, this virus has been humbling, so I don’t want to say never, but we are not necessarily anticipating that you will need this annually,” Walensky said told host Tony Dokoupil during an appearance on “CBS This Morning.” 

“It does look like after this third dose you get a really robust response, and so we will continue to follow the science both on the vaccine side but also on the virus side,” she said.

The administration announced the booster shot initiative on Wednesday, saying that it would begin on Sept. 20 and that people are recommended to get a third shot eight months after their second shot, if they have taken the Moderna or Pfizer two-shot vaccinations. 

A worsening surge of new COVID-19 cases caused by the delta variant led the CDC to embrace booster shots, despite opposition from some scientists who want the focus to be on getting unvaccinated people the vaccine. 

“We have several studies that have demonstrated waning effectiveness and 10 million people in New York State and 80,000 people in the Mayo Clinic, and as well in the delta variant in health care workers,” Walensky said. “We’ve also been in collaboration and discussions with our international colleagues and they are starting to see … presentation of worsening infection in the context of their breakthroughs.”

“And so our plan now is to get ahead of that. We don’t want to start to see that in this country,” she added, stating that the country currently has enough vaccine to offer booster shots.

President BidenJoe BidenBriahna Joy Gray: Democrats playing ‘game of chicken’ with infrastructure bills Overnight Defense: Top general acknowledges intel missed speed of Afghan collapse Overnight Health Care: US to start booster shots on Sept. 20 | Biden to require COVID-19 vaccination of all nursing home staff | Democrats embrace COVID mandates in governor races MORE in an ABC interview aired on Thursday that he and first lady Jill BidenJill BidenDoug Emhoff to lead US delegation to Paralympics in Tokyo Photo highlights from the Tokyo Olympics Melania Trump fires back at historian over Rose Garden criticism MORE will be receiving booster shots.

“It’s something that I think, you know, because we got our shots all the way back in I think December, so it’s past time,” Biden told ABC’s George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosOvernight Defense: Top general acknowledges intel missed speed of Afghan collapse Biden says troops will stay in Afghanistan until all Americans are out Afghanistan disaster puts intelligence under scrutiny MORE. “Yes, we will get the booster shots.”

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