Gottlieb, the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, said on CBS “Face the Nation” that “at some point” Americans who received the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines will be considered fully vaccinated when they get their third doses.
- “I think eventually this will be considered the three-dose vaccine, but I would be hard-pressed to believe CDC is going to make that recommendation anytime soon,” said Gottlieb.
However, Gottlieb said on CBS “Face the Nation” it’s unlikely the CDC will move quickly to make that the rule since there’s an ongoing debate about whether everyone should get a third dose.
- Indeed, there are experts who said not everyone needs that third dose, especially if it puts people at risk for side effects, as I wrote for the Deseret News.
However, Gottlieb said some businesses could start to require it.
- “I think in cases where entities are going to mandate three doses for people who are six months out from the second dose, they’re doing that because they’re using the vaccine as a way to control transmission and try to end this pandemic,” Gottlieb said.
- “The somewhat unnerving aspect of it is that if you keep the level of dynamics of the virus in the community at a high level — obviously the people who are most vulnerable are the unvaccinated — but when you have a virus as transmissible as delta, in the context of waning immunity, that dynamic is going to negatively impact even the vaccinated people. So it’s a double whammy,” Fauci said, per ABC News.