Sir Andrew Pollard declared “we can’t vaccinate the planet every six months” during an interview earlier this week.
Pollard who is a professor and the chairman of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI), said that “at some point, society has to open up.” Adding that administering boosters every six months was “not sustainable.”
Pollard denied the need for a fourth shot until there is “more evidence” that one is needed, saying the focus should be on the “vulnerable.”
“We know that people have strong antibodies for a few months after their third vaccination, but more data are needed to assess whether, when, and how often those who are vulnerable will need additional doses.”
Pollard was one of the creators of the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 have continued to surge across the U.S. and the world.
A recent study published out of South Africa suggests that people who contract the Omicron strain of the COVID-19 virus are less likely to be hospitalized. South African authorities have also said that their Omicron wave is over and there was no significant increase in deaths due to the variant.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledged that it had overestimated the spread of Omicron cases by more than 200 percent.
Israel has approved a second booster of the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people over 60 as well as medical personnel.