The World Health Organization has said the most vulnerable will need COVID-19 booster shots every year to avoid the coronavirus variants, according to WHO internal documents obtained by Reuters.
The new WHO documents — which will be discussed in an upcoming meeting — suggest that annual boosters for high-risk individuals will be “indicative” of a normal scenario. The general population will likely need boosters every two years, according to Reuters.
- “It does not say how these conclusions were reached, but shows that under the base scenario new variants would continue to emerge and vaccines would be regularly updated to meet these threats,” Reuters reported.
The WHO said the report is a work in progress and the forecast could change with time.
Interestingly, details of the report come days after a group working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there’s no immediate evidence that COVID-19 boosters are necessary.
However, the group said there could be a need down the road, NBC News reports. And officials need to figure out whether unvaccinated people need boosters or if the world should offer boosters/shots to unvaccinated people first or fully vaccinated people, as I wrote for the Deseret News.
- “Prior to going around and giving everyone boosters, we need to improve the overall vaccination rate,” said Dr. Keipp Talbot, an associate professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University, according to NBC News.