Vaccinations continue to be an essential part of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. With the Delta Variant causing surges in cases around the world, continuing to keep up with social distancing, hand washing, and mask wearing is essential.
After the F.D.A. gave full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for people 16 years old and older on August 23, many businesses, government organizations, and school systems have begun requiring the vaccination with vaccine mandates. The New York Times reported that, prior to the announcement, the Pentagon, CVS, and The New York State University system were among many organizations that will be requiring proof of vaccination. Moderna’s vaccine is currently being evaluated for full authorization and it is expected that Johnson & Johnson will apply soon.
Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been shown to increase antibody preparedness against the COVID-19 virus. However, overtime they lose their effectiveness according to this study published by Northwestern University. According to the New York Times, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson have released reports stating that a booster provides a drastic increase in the antibodies present.
President Biden announced plans for booster shots to be given by mid September. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has gotten emergency approval to administer a third dose of the vaccine for immunocompromised individuals. The FDA will be hearing arguments about a booster for Pfizer on September 17. According to AP News, Moderna’s data did not provide adequate information for the FDA and CDC to recommend a third dose. They have requested more information before coming to a decision. As Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine was not approved until the end of February, more data will need to be collected before approval.
All three vaccines continue to be the best way to fight against coronavirus and the Delta variant. It is especially effective for preventing deaths and hospitalizations. If you are not vaccinated and have questions about the vaccines, refer to the CDC’s frequently asked questions about vaccines. This article from Yale Medicine shows the differences between the three approved vaccines.
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