DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The CDC is now saying that all Americans should get a booster shot once they’re six months past the initial Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two months past the single dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
The CDC previously called for boosters for just people over 50 or younger people in long-term care, but this move reflects new concerns about the omicron variant.
The World Health Organization said the global risk from it is very high based on early evidence and it could lead to surges with severe consequences.
The variant was first spotted in southern Africa and now has spread to four other continents.
Because the variant is in the early stages there is a lot of uncertainty on how severe this variant will be.
There is even some concern that the current COVID-19 vaccine may not protect you from the Omicron variant.
“There could be enough mutations to affect not only it’s ability to bind, which would make it potential more infectious, but also the ability of antibodies that are produced from the current vaccine or previous infection with delta for example, that might reduce the vaccines advocacy,” Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo, Director of the UAB Division of Infectious Diseases said.
Because of the uncertainty with this new variant, Dr. Marrazzo advises everyone to be up to date with their vaccines, including boosters, and continue to practice COVID safety guidelines.
As of today, there are no cases of the Omicron variant identified in the U.S., but Dr. Fauci today said it is inevitable that it will make its way into the country.