Fauci Walks Back Claim Booster Shot Is Needed To Be Fully Vaccinated
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s leading infectious disease expert, walked back a claim he made earlier this week that a booster shot is needed to be considered fully vaccinated in a Sunday interview on This Week — though that could change, he said.
Fauci said “fully vaccinated right now, by definition, is the original two doses... of the Pfizer and Moderna and a single dose of J and J.”
However earlier this week, in a pre-taped video for the STAT News summit, the White House chief medical adviser said he “believes” that “a third shot boost for an mRNA [vaccine] ... should be part of the actual standard regimen” and not “an add-on.”
Fauci did not rule out the possibility that booster shots could become necessary to be fully vaccinated, saying his team will “continue to follow the data” and monitor how immunity to Covid-19 increases, and how long that increased immunity lasts after the extra dose.