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Fauci to recommend a COVID booster shot for the immunocompromised

Top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, as he testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 20, 2021. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
Top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, as he testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 20, 2021. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious disease expert, says an additional COVID-19 booster shot will be recommended for previously vaccinated people with weakened immune systems.

Fauci tells NBC’s “Today” show that he expects the booster recommendation to come “imminently.”

Israel began administering third booster doses of the COVID vaccine to the immunocompromised a month ago. On August 1, it rolled out the campaign to all those over age 60, and it is expected to expand it to other age groups next week.

Fauci says when it comes to the elderly, data is being collected to determine if or when their protection goes “below a critical level” and “that’s when you’re going to be hearing about the implementation of boosters” for others.

He adds that, “at this moment, other than the immune compromised, we’re not going to be giving boosters.” But he expects that “inevitably there will be a time when we’ll have to get boosts,” because ”no vaccine, at least not within this category, is going to have an indefinite amount of protection.”

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