Here we go again.
The Biden administration has unveiled plans for a third booster shot to combat COVID-19: frontline workers, nursing home residents and other eldery people will be first to receive the shot. The booster will be available at the end of next month.
“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,” read the joint statement by the Department of Health and Human Services and the FDA.
“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,” US health officials said. “For that reason, we conclude that a booster shot will be needed to maximize vaccine-induced protection and prolong its durability.”
COVID-19 has killed 623,000 people in the US; the current 7-day average death rate is at 696.