Dr. Anthony Fauci said Friday that a new definition of what full Covid-19 vaccination means is certainly “on the table.”
Speaking to CNBC, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser said there is no doubt that the optimal vaccination is a booster dose.
Humans are now believed to be fully vaccinated either two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine, or two weeks after a single dose, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
But Fauci said Friday that regulators are ready to revise those definitions.
Dr. Anthony Fauci listens as President Joe Biden comments on the Omicron Covid-19 variant at the White House on November 29.
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“There is no doubt that the optimal vaccination is booster vaccination,” he said.
“Whether the CDC is going to change that or not is definitely on the table and open to discussion. I’m not sure exactly when this will happen. But I think people shouldn’t lose sight of the message that if you want to be optimally protected, you have to get a booster. ”
Vaccination status has already affected the lives of millions of Americans. Millions of healthcare workers across the country are required to undergo a full coronavirus immunization under Biden’s tough vaccination mandate, while some states and cities have introduced their own regulations that restrict the options for unvaccinated people.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a former FDA commissioner and CNBC contributor, told Squawk Box on Friday that the rise in cases means it may soon become difficult to get a booster shot.
“We know the omicron is moving very fast … this option will spread across the country much faster than the delta, so people waiting to get a booster could afford some protection from that option – time to get it done. “, – he said.
“Appointments will fill up, demand will grow. The best way to protect yourself is to inject an accelerator. “