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March 19, 2022

5 Things You Should Know About the Fourth COVID Shot

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Both Pfizer and Moderna have requested authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a second booster of their COVID-19 vaccines.

Earlier this week, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said that a fourth dose is “necessary,” but there is debate over the effectiveness of multiple booster shots.

Here are 5 things you should know about a potential fourth shot:

1. Moderna requested authorization for all adults, but Pfizer is only for those 65 and older

Pfizer asked the FDA for emergency authorization for a fourth COVID shot for people over 65, and Moderna requested authorization for all adults.

Gigi Gronvall, senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, said that while it’s a “good idea” for people in high-risk groups to get a second booster, there could be “diminishing returns” for people outside of high-risk groups.

2. The White House said it can’t afford to cover a fourth dose

The Biden administration said that if another booster shot is needed, it wouldn’t be able to pay for enough doses for everyone.

“The federal government does not have adequate resources to purchase enough booster vaccine doses for all Americans, if additional doses are needed. The shortages will be even more acute if we need a variant-specific booster vaccine, since we will not have any existing supply,” the White House said.

3. Only a handful of countries have approved a fourth dose

Countries including Israel, Denmark, and Chile have been administering a fourth dose to high-risk groups.

A study from Israel found that a fourth shot only offered a small boost of protection.

4. Many Americans haven’t received any boosters

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 44% of fully vaccinated people in the U.S. have received a booster dose.

Roughly half of eligible Americans have yet to receive a booster shot, about 89 million people.

5. Experts are still split on a fourth dose

“I’m not yet convinced that the time is right now to go with a fourth dose. But if that waning protection against severe infection is clearly documented, and then if we see that a fourth dose can overcome that for more than just days to weeks, that would be something to consider,” said Jesse Goodman, director of Georgetown University’s Center on Medical Product Access, Safety, and Stewardship.

Meanwhile, Boston College epidemiologist Philip Landrigan said it was reasonable to be “cautiously optimistic” that a third dose is sufficient for now.

“There are just a lot of unknown unknowns here,” Landrigan said.

But former FDA official Henry Miller said he was “bullish” on the prospect of a fourth booster dose.

“I would love to see the summary that Pfizer presents to FDA,” Miller said. “But I don’t anticipate anything surprising. I mean we’ve been through this now with three doses. That is an extremely safe and very effective vaccine.”


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Five things to know about a possible fourth COVID-19 shot

10 comments on 5 Things You Should Know About the Fourth COVID Shot

  1. wboehmer says:

    “The White House said it can’t afford to cover a fourth dose.”
    That’s because of all the money it wasted on those hundreds of millions of free COVID tests which came too late to be of much use.

    1. Suan says:

      Former Pres Trump told us Covid 19 was 1. a Democratic Hoax 2. would dissapear by Easter (2020) like a miracle.

      And…why did Trump authorize Operation Warp Speed to develop a vaccine when he publicly said what I restated, above?

      Think about it.

      If he had attacked the virus we would not be in this situation 2 years later.

      1. Rudy DiMemmo says:

        He was intelligent enough and man enough to realize a mistake

    2. I love it, the White House can’t afford a 4th booster. I wonder who they’ll blame for the next variant. Personally I don’t care, I don’t want another shot and I refuse to go back to wearing a useless face mask.

  2. Gregory Holliday says:

    More waste more the same. Of course Moderna has no profit motivation. No way.

  3. Frank says:

    If you are covered by Medicare, why wouldn’t Medicare pay for a second, third, fourth, fifth, etc., booster? It pays for an annual flu “booster” now?.

  4. Lisa says:

    you won’t have to worry about a fourth shot, MOST people WILL NOT GET IT, so that should solve your problem…people please remember that every time you get a shot, your immune system is going to shrink and be overworked

    1. Pete says:

      I agree with you on this. I’ve had 2 plus a booster and have NO plans for a 4th even though I am in a so called high risk group.

    2. Suan says:

      Lisa, You said “remember that every time you get a shot, your immune system is going to shrink and be overworked” I never heard of that. Do you have documentation to support your statement? Your immune system is active. It responds to hazards in our environment. That’s why we get all types of immunizations as children. No more small pox in the USA. No more polio because our immune system was alerted and in “ready mode” to destroy these “germs” if our body ever encounters them.

      1. Bob DD says:

        Do your own research, turn off the paid propaganda. Yes, CD* paid MSM $millions to push the jab. There are no long-term studies revealing efficacy and adverse side effects? When is the last time you saw mainstream media publish, on their ads, how many deaths have been caused by the jabs? Never. There are credible MD’s that are following what’s happening? These are MD’s that care about wellbeing of humanity. You do what you want, want 4,5,6 annual jabs, be our guest?

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