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Dr. Fauci says everyone will need COVID-19 booster shots soon

Do you need a COVID-19 booster shot? Probably soon.

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“Today” host Craig Melvin, left, and Dr. Anthony Fauci discuss COVID-19 booster shots.

“Today” host Craig Melvin, left, and Dr. Anthony Fauci discuss COVID-19 booster shots.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has confirmed that COVID-19 booster shots are on the way, and everyone will likely need to get one.

  • “Inevitably there will be a time when we’ll have to give boosts,” he told NBC News’ “Today” on Wednesday.
  • “At this moment, other than the immunocompromised, we’re not going to be giving boosters.”
  • “If they do need it, we’ll be ready to give it to them,” Fauci said.

Who will get the COVID-19 booster shots?

Fauci said something similar in an interview with CBS’ “This Morning,” saying that immunocompromised people will get COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, in addition to everyone else.

  • “When it does get to a certain level, we will be prepared to give boosters to those people, but from what you just said a moment ago, it is imminent that we will be giving it to immune-compromised,” he said, according to CNN.

Fauci said “it is preferable that you go with the same brand” for your next COVID-19 booster shot.

When will booster shots be available?

The Food and Drug Administration said it expects to authorize extra doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for patients with weakened immune system as early as Thursday, according to The Washington Post.

  • The decision “could mean additional shots will be available for that vulnerable population as soon as this weekend,” The Washington Post reports.
  • The move would likely directly impact “patients who take immune-suppressing drugs to prevent rejection of new organs and others who have diseases, including blood cancers, that damage the immune system,” per The Washington Post.