Browsing through our pictures, we hardly ever remember when was the time, when we didn’t require wearing a mask. As it applies to all COVID-19 safety measures, we soon can add vaccination as one of them. Although it’s been a long time since the COVID-19 vaccines are with us, we somehow aren’t used to them. While suspicions on almost everything is a normal part of our everyday life, in this case they can make us make unpractical decisions. Getting COVID-19 booster shots is certainly a decission that’s worth and deserves some attention and clarification.
People that actually got innoculated, are already facing the dilemma of receiving a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine they have chosen. However, if we need a booster shot is still doubtful. Monica Gandhi, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco is optimistic that we won’t actually need them. For that matter, she points out to the 2003 SARS-coV pandemic, where T-cells immunity appears to stay strong 17 years after infection.
There is evidence that mixing and matching different vaccines may actually boost the immune response.
Mrs. Gandhi says.
However, opinions on the opposite are far more common, a Jim Acosta CNN interview with the CDC expert dr. Antony Fauci shows. He discusses Pfizer and Moderna statements on providing a third dose and the necessity of lining up for it. It’s rather concerning what happens if people don’t get their booster shots on time. First of all, Fauci clarifies we’re not talking about efficacy here. All COVID-19 vaccines are highly protective in a long term period after putting them, but durability of them differs. That’s what all public health experts and therefore vaccine companies are trying to solve by adding a booster shots.
The herd immunity now looks like a distant and hard to achieve goal, but it certainly will happen gradually. It’s a step by step process and we’re going from where we are to completely normal. We eventually might get to things we almost forgot, like going outdoors, go to the theatre, restaurants and stadiums. We can’t predict what it could be in numbers a week from now, but we’re going through a big approach.
So, if we can all summarize that, we’re possibly going to need one shot 6 – 12 months after getting our COVID-19 vaccine, and an additional shot each year, as it happens with common flu viruses. Both Pfizer and Moderna announced intentions on developing a third dose, in order to safeguard the immunity. While reaching the highest level of protection is the most important matter during a pandemic, booster shots can make this work.
The UK already purchased a total amount of 60 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. It will be available at the autumn. Little by little, things are settling down, or it may just seem so. However, while the access to the vaccines is still limited, we’re not to let our guards down and stay aware. The essentials of pandemics like this is to stay safe. Also to be protective to us and to other member of society.
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