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NEWS & ANALYSIS

Fauci Warns ‘Fully Vaccinated’ Definition May Change to Include Booster Shots


Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that the definition of “fully vaccinated” may soon change to include booster shots. 

Last week, the CDC recommended that everyone over the age of 18 get booster shots six months after receiving two doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or one shot of the J&J vaccine.

“We’re going to take a look right now at what the durability is of the booster,” Fauci told “State of the Union” host Dana Bash, per Just the News. “We’re going to follow people who get boosted.”

“People should not be put off by the fact that as time goes by and we learn more and more about the protection that we might modify the guidelines,” he continued. “That’s what we’ve been saying all along by following the science, things change and you have to follow the data.” 

Fauci also said on ABC News that he’s hopeful the booster will not decrease in efficiency like the initial shots. 

“We would hope, and this is something that we’re looking at very carefully, that the third shot with the mRNA not only boosts you way up, but increases the durability so that you will not necessarily need it every six months or a year,” he said. “We’re hoping it pushes out more.” 

“If it doesn’t, and the data shows we need to do it more often, then we’ll do it, but we want to make sure we get the population optimally protected and you do whatever you need to do,” he continued.