If even the thought of getting a shot makes shivers go down your spine, I’m sorry but here’s some bad news: You might have to go through it again soon.
According to Pfizer’s CEO Albert Bourla, most of us will have to end up getting a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to ensure that we have sufficient immunity to be protected from the virus.
On Sunday (13 March), Bourla explained during an interview on Face The Nation by CBS that “it is necessary for most” people to receive a fourth dose of the vaccine.
He was asked if Americans can expect to get annual COVID booster shots in the future.
Why We Need Another Dose
Bourla cited two main reasons as to why we’ll probably see ourselves getting another dose of the vaccine in the future.
Firstly, just having two initial shots and a booster shot is insufficient when it comes to protecting the human body against the ever-evolving variants.
The other reason is that having three doses “wanes too quickly in strength”.
The combination of these two reasons leads to additional booster shots apart from the standard regimen an unavoidable reality that we will all have to face.
“Right now, the protection that you’re getting from the third [shot], it is good enough—actually quite good for hospitalizations and deaths—it’s not that good against infections, but doesn’t last very long,” he added.
Bourla also revealed that Pfizer and other companies are currently working to invent vaccines that will help protect us against any future variants.
“Omicron was the first [variant] that was able to evade, in a skilful way the immune protection that we’re given, but also in all that the duration of the protection doesn’t last very long,” Bourla told host Margaret Brennan.
“What we are trying to do and we are working very diligently right now is to make not only a vaccine that will protect against all variants, including Omicron, but also something that can protect for at least a year,” he concluded.
So if you’re one of those people who are awfully terrified of getting injections of any kind, this might not be music to your ears. But hey, it’s definitely better than getting COVID-19… right?
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