Dr. Fauci says the fourth-dose vaccine is ‘conceivable’ for Omicron

Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Wednesday that it is “conceivable” that a fourth dose of a COVID-19 vaccine will be recommended to protect against the Omicron variant – although more research is needed on how well current boosters seriously prevent disease.

“Before we start talking about a fourth shot, it would be very important for us to determine the durability of the protection, especially against serious disease for the third shot booster of an mRNA. [vaccine] and the second shot of one [Johnson & Johnson]said Fauci at a press briefing in the White House COVID-19 task force.

But Fauci said it is possible that more protection against the variant will be needed.

“It is conceivable that in the future we may need an extra shot, but right now we are hoping that we will have a greater degree of durability of protection from that booster shot,” Fauci said. “So we want to take it one step at a time, retrieve the data from the third boost and then make decisions based on scientific data.”

Fauci warned that Omicron has been better at avoiding the immunity that vaccines provide, causing breakthrough infections.

Dr.  Anthony Fauci wearing a mask at a press briefing.
Dr. Fauci said the booster shot is “critical” to fighting the Omicron variant.
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But he said that “boosters bring that level of protection back to a level that is about what it was before.”

“So boosters are crucial to making our approach to Omicron optimal,” he said.

Currently, the seven-day average for new cases nationwide is 240,400 a day, an increase of about 60% from the previous week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

With rising cases, Fauci has warned against attending major New Year’s parties.

“If your plans are to go to a 40- to 50-person New Year’s party with all the bells and whistles and all the hugs and kisses and wish each other a happy new year, I would highly recommend that we do not do it this year. that, ”Fauci said.

Instead, he suggested that people hold small gatherings at home with vaccinated people.

“While the risk is never zero in anything, the risk is low enough that we feel you should continue with the plans to have a home-related, vaccinated, boosted gathering with family and close friends who are also vaccinated and boosted,” he said.

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