Dr. Anthony Fauci, along with public health officials, has decided to stand by the recommendation that people get booster shots of the Covid-19 vaccine eight months after the initial vaccination, however, that could change based on reviewing the data.
“We’re sticking with the eight months,” Fauci, the chief medical adviser for the White House said. “However, as we’ve said, even in the original statement that came out, we’re gonna have to go through the standard way of the Food and Drug Administration looking at the data and then the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. So although we’re sticking with eight, we’re remaining flexible, that if the data tells us differently we’ll make adjustments accordingly.”
President Joe Biden said on Friday that his administration is considering whether booster shots should be given five months after vaccination. Biden met with the Israeli prime minister and credited him with advice that the U.S. should start earlier than eight months.
As positive cases of the COVID-19 virus continue to rise in the United States, hospitalizations related to the virus are rising. As of Thursday, more than 101,000 COVID-19 patients across the country were under in-patient hospital care, marking the highest number of patients hospitalized with the virus since the winter of 2020.
As of Friday, pediatric hospitalizations for children under 18 with COVID-19 were up an alarming 514% since early July.
“I really want to concentrate on school kids with you this morning. As we transition into the fall, of course, we have all these kids going to school and pediatric hospital admissions are at the highest point of the pandemic. Does the delta variant just hit them harder than we expected? What’s happening? asked “This Week” co-anchor Martha Raddatz.
“Well what we’re seeing is that this variant, Martha, is highly transmissible…so you’re going to see more children infected and quantitatively, since more children are infected, you’re gonna see more children, unfortunately, getting hospitalized and that’s what we’re seeing,” Faci said.
“And what’s the latest timetable for getting vaccine shots for children under 12?” Raddatz asked.
Fauci said the FDA should be examining the data on children under 12 around the middle of September.
“Hopefully we’ll be acting quickly, depending on the data, and their assessment of the risk-benefit ratio,” Fauci said.
Fauci stated that there are other ways to protect unvaccinated children going back to school.
“You can protect children who can’t get vaccinated because of their age yet. We can protect them by surrounding them with a community of people who are vaccinated.That’s how you protect children. And you also do it by complying with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines about masking, particularly masking in school, even though you have vaccinated personnel. You want to give that extra, added level of protection for the children.”