Now that you are fully vaccinated with one of three COVID-19 vaccines, you might be wondering how long you have protection against the deadly virus. During a Wednesday interview with Axios, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, revealed the answer. Read on to find out when you will need a vaccine booster according to Dr. Fauci—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You Had COVID And Should Tell Your Doctor.
Per Dr. Fauci, Americans will need to get a vaccine booster sometime within the year. “I think we will almost certainly require a booster sometime within a year or so, after getting the primary [shot], because the durability of protection against coronaviruses is generally not lifelong,” he explained.
Dr. Fauci reveals that he believes people are “misinterpreting” the new guidance, “thinking that this is a removal of a mask mandate for everyone. It’s not,” Fauci said. “It’s an assurance to those who are vaccinated that they can feel safe, be they outdoors or indoors.” He reiterated that it isn’t that you don’t need to wear a mask anymore, “They said: If you are vaccinated, you can feel safe — that you will not get infected either outdoors.”
According to Dr. Fauci, the issue of flying the friendly flies mask free isn’t simple. “It’s complicated because the people who are vaccinated could easily be on airplanes without a mask,” he said. “We know you’re protected, whether you’re indoor, outdoor. The trouble is that we don’t have the vaccine passports. So we don’t know who is vaccinated and not, we don’t know who is infected or not. And the risk of putting someone in a closed space, like an airline.” He believes that if we get enough people vaccinated “at least on domestic flights, that it would be a matter of months,” when you would be able to board a plane mask free. “The issue globally is a different story because we could do a very good job of getting the overwhelming majority of our population vaccinated in the United States, yet you could have raging infection and other parts of the world like we’re seeing in India, in South Africa and certain countries in South America,” he pointed out.
Dr. Fauci believes that within the year, the vaccine will be available to younger children. “I would say that six and four year olds would likely be able to get vaccinated by the time we reached the end of calendar year 2021, and at the latest into the first quarter of 2022,” he said.
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Dr. Fauci is eager to get back to indoor dining. “I have not been inside a restaurant sitting down with my wife, which I enjoy doing every once in a while,” he explained. “I look forward to that. We have a few favorite restaurants, and then soon as things loosen up a bit, I’ll be in there without a mask, enjoying a meal.” When does he think that will happen? “Very soon,” he stated. ” I think pretty soon, certainly by July 4th, when the president said he’s aiming at getting 70% of the adult population receiving at least one dose of vaccine. So hopefully as we get into the summer, I’ll be able to do that regularly.”
As far as vacation plans, as soon as it is safe Dr. Fauci plans on visiting his three daughters who he hasn’t seen in a long time, “and just get together and just go off somewhere for a few days, maybe to the Eastern shore,” he said. “I live in Washington. So maybe that’ll be a good place to go.”
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So follow Fauci’s fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don’t travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don’t go indoors with people you’re not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to get through life at your healthiest, don’t miss: This Supplement Can Raise Your Cancer Risk, Experts Say.