According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden administration is expected to announce that Americans who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 should receive a booster shot to ensure continued protection, according to people familiar with the discussions. The booster shot would be administered eight months after the second dose of the vaccine was received, the people said. Senior Biden administration health and medical officials have been discussing the possibility of calling for booster shots for weeks and are nearing agreement on the issue, said the people, who added that a final decision hasn’t been made. A formal announcement could come as soon as later this week. We administered our first Moderna doses last December so we are beginning planning for booster in anticipation of the FDA approval, although the Moderna booster approval is not expected until next month.
WSJ also reported the Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus appears to be breaking through the protection vaccines provide at a higher rate than previous strains, a Wall Street Journal analysis found, though infections among the fully inoculated remain a tiny fraction of overall cases, and symptoms tend to be milder.
CSSE is reporting 36,911,727 positive cases in the U.S. and 622,634 deaths.