Fauci: US still planning booster shots after eight months, but 'flexible'

Fauci: US still planning booster shots after eight months, but 'flexible'
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President BidenJoe BidenHouse clears bill to provide veterans with cost-of-living adjustment On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default To reduce poverty, stop burdening the poor: What Joe Manchin gets wrong about the child tax credit MORE’s chief medical adviser Anthony FauciAnthony FauciThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats return to disappointment on immigration 'Highest priority' is to vaccinate the unvaccinated, Fauci says Sunday shows - Boosters in the spotlight MORE said on Sunday the timeline of administering COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for fully-vaccinated Americans is "flexible" around the 8-month mark first suggested by U.S. officials.

“We're still planning on eight months. That was the calculation we made. This rollout will start on the week of September the 20th. But as we've said all along, Chuck, in the original statement, that's the plan that we have, but we are open to data as they come in,” Fauci told NBC’s Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddNBC's Chuck Todd: Biden currently battling 'pretty big credibility crisis' 'Highest priority' is to vaccinate the unvaccinated, Fauci says If .5 trillion 'infrastructure' bill fails, it's bye-bye for an increasingly unpopular Biden MORE on “Meet The Press.”

Fauci noted that the booster shot rollout was still pending approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in addition to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) advisory committee. 

The booster shot recommendation by U.S. health officials came in part from Israel's decision to administer booster shots to its population after it became one of the first countries to reach high vaccinated levels.

On Friday, President Biden met with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to talk its vaccination program among other agenda items. Biden said on Friday that the two had already spoken about booster shots, and he raised the question of whether the timeline between the second and third COVID-19 doses should be decreased.

“The question raised is: Should it be shorter than eight months?  Should it be as little as five months?  And that’s being discussed,” Biden said. 

 

Fauci said that officials were planning on keeping the timeline as is but noted it could be amended if more data was available.

“We're not changing it, but we are very open to new data as it comes in. We're going to be very flexible about it,” Fauci said on Sunday.