Fully Vaccinated Do Not Need Booster for Delta Variant, CDC and FDA Say

by Harry Wilmerding


Fully vaccinated Americans do not need to receive a booster shot to protect against the Delta variant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration said in a press release.

“People who are fully vaccinated are protected from severe disease and death, including from the variants currently circulating in the country such as Delta,” a joint statement said on Thursday.

Unvaccinated Americans remain most at risk to variants such as Delta, and are still encouraged to get immunized, according to the statement.

“FDA, CDC, and NIH are engaged in a science-based, rigorous process to consider whether or when a booster might be necessary,” the statement said.

Pfizer and BioNTech announced on Thursday that they are developing a vaccine booster that would fight against the Delta variant.

“The Pfizer vaccine is highly active against the Delta variant,” Pfizer’s Chief Scientific Officer, Mikael Dolsten, said in an interview, according to Reuters.  After six months, “there likely is the risk of reinfection as antibodies, as predicted, wane,” Dolsten added.

Results from the Pfizer and BioNTech initial Delta booster trial suggest that a third shot administered six months after the second shot would add enough antibodies to fight both the original strain of COVID-19 and the new Delta variant, according to NPR.

Pfizer said that they had seen growing evidence that people’s immunity weakens after six months, specifically in Israel, according to CNN.

Pfizer’s announcement came days after Israel reported that the vaccine’s effectiveness in preventing the infection and disease had dropped 64 percent, according to Reuters.

“As seen in real-world data released from the Ministry of Health, vaccine efficacy in preventing both infection and symptomatic disease has declined six months post-vaccination, although efficacy in preventing serious illnesses remains high,” Pfizer said in an email to CNN.

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Harry Wilmerding is a reporter at Daily Caller News Foundation.


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3 Thoughts to “Fully Vaccinated Do Not Need Booster for Delta Variant, CDC and FDA Say”

  1. Ron W

    The fascist big tech companies are doing the bidding of leftist politicians because they are AFRAID of the people accessing all the information and opinion in an open market of ideas.

    “We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.” –John F. Kennedy

  2. LM

    So , who do we believe? How about – no shot at all? The only things proven are that people are dieing from the jab , and that people who do get it can still catch / spread COVID – the virus that 99.9% of people survive.

  3. Horatio Bunce

    So will Facebook, Twitter, etc. ban the CDC, Pfizer, or the WHO? Which two of them are spreading the vaccine disinformation? How will their “fact checkers” decide what is true?