Dr. Anthony Fauci is the White House's top pandemic advisor.
Unless the pandemic is changing too fast virus, U.S. health officials said on Tuesday they want to conduct only one anti-COVID booster campaign per year in the future, modeled on the flu vaccination.
The United States authorized last week the new version of the COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna targeting the Omicron variant, and more specifically the BA.4 and BA.5 lineages currently in circulation in the country.
The doses have already started to be distributed, so that the vast recall campaign planned by the government to contain a possible new wave this winter can start as soon as this week.
Unless a very different variant suddenly emerges, we'll likely be moving toward a vaccination cadence similar to the annual flu shot, with anti-COVID booster doses updated to stick to the latest circulating strain, said White House adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci.
This perspective could help boost booster acceptance, when only half of eligible people took their first booster dose in the United States.
However, frail populations, such as the elderly or immunocompromised, may need more frequent boosters, Fauci said.
If the past two winter seasons have been synonymous with large waves of cases and deaths, it doesn't have to be the case again this year, Joe Biden said in a statement released later. If you're 12 or older, get your COVID-19 booster this fall, the president added.
Americans are encouraged to get their flu shot at the same time.
I really think that's why God gave us two arms, one for the flu vaccine, and one for the COVID vaccine, Ashish said Jha, who coordinates US executive action against the coronavirus.
We expect millions of people to be injected this month, he added.
According to Health Secretary Xavier Becerra, more than 90% of Americans will live within five miles of a vaccination site by the end of the pandemic. week.
Pfizer's Omicron booster vaccine has been authorized for everyone over the age of 12, and from age 18 for Moderna's. It should be done at least two months after a previous dose.
The BA.4 and BA.5 variants currently account for more than 99% of the approximately 80,000 new daily infections in the United States.
According to projections, approximately 100,000 hospitalizations and 9,000 deaths could be avoided if anti-COVID reminders were carried out in the same proportion as those against influenza this fall, underlined the director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Rochelle Walensky.