During a Sunday appearance on ABC’s This Week, Dr. Anthony Fauci stated that full vaccination status does not require a booster shot.
Over the course of the interview, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director noted that several medical officials are still thinking about the overall need for a booster shot, which is why he does not intend to change the definition of “fully vaccinated” to require a booster shot along with the requisite initial doses.
“We’ll continue to follow the data,” Fauci proclaimed to ABC anchor Martha Raddatz.
Fauci proceeded to detail the type of data being analyzed, noting that all the individuals being boosted are being followed in order to assess “what the durability of that protection is” amongst other factors.
“Let the data guide your policy, and let the data guide your recommendations,” Fauci brayed.
“As we always do, you just follow and let the data guide your policy, and let the data guide your recommendations.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci tells @MarthaRaddatz the federal definition for “fully vaccinated” is not changing yet to include COVID-19 boosters. https://t.co/g36ofXKsfp pic.twitter.com/eTn4c92Ktb
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) November 21, 2021
In a separate Sunday interview on CNN’s State of the Union, Fauci also informed Dana Bash that people should not be put off by potential “[modification]” of the guidelines in the future.
“Things change,” Fauci insisted, “and you have to follow the data,” reiterating his commitment to “[following] the science.”
However, Fauci’s most recent statements run in opposition to previous remarks that he has made about boosters.
For instance, in an appearance at the 2021 STAT Summit, Fauci proclaimed that a booster shot is not “an add-on,” which means that a booster shot is theoretically “part of what the original regimen should be.”
Fauci continued onward to note that boosters are likely to be “essential” for fully optimized vaccine regiments.
Though he shifted his position once more, Fauci also continues to stress the importance of supplemental booster shots, which were recently authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for all adults in October.
In response, some state leadership has started altering the definition of “fully vaccinated” to account for the booster shot.
For instance, the governors from New Mexico and Connecticut recently announced that booster shots will be required for “full vaccination” status.
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