Therapy Areas: Infectious Diseases
US top infectious disease expert says vast majority of vaccinated Americans should get a COVID-19 booster
24 November 2021 -

Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the top infectious disease official in the US, has said that the vast majority of Americans who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 should receive a booster shot, Reuters news agency reported on Wednesday.

He added that an additional dose could eventually become the country's standard for determining who is fully vaccinated.

According to Dr Fauci, studies from Israel and other countries have shown that vaccine protection wanes over time. While data first suggested that was mostly a problem in the elderly, there is newer evidence that it occurs among all age groups.

"That's the reason why we're very keen on getting as many people who are originally vaccinated to get a booster ... because they really do work," he said.

To date, about 33 million Americans have received a booster dose.