Vaccine Guru Sara
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While protection against the more severe version of Covid-19 remains high in the 6 months after your second dose, there is a marked decline in efficacy over time. With the continued emergence of new and more transmissible variants and the increasing number of COVID-19 cases per day, Pfizer believes that their emergency authorization should be broadened by August, saying that a third dose "may be beneficial within 6 to 12 months following the second dose to maintain highest levels of protection." Dr. Fauci said that boosters may not be necessary for everyone at this time, but might be more helpful for those over a certain age and immunocompromised persons.
With a 47.5% increase in cases from the previous week and 43 states seeing an increase in cases, hospitalizations are rising and so will the deaths, the depressing lagging indicator. More than 99% of deaths are now among people who have not been vaccinated according the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, a grim reminder that we must all do our part to vaccinate as many in our community as we can.
Side note: The FDA added a warning label to the Johnson and Johnson vaccine following a report linking it to 100 cases of the rare Guillain-Barre syndrome. That's not great for getting people who are hesitant about vaccines to want to take the shot, but it's putting it all out there so people can decide what is worse - the minuscule probability of getting a rare side effect or getting a disease that has killed more than 600,000 Americans in less than 2 years.