(WXYZ) – Fully vaccinated people will soon need another booster shot later this year, as more variants are expected to emerge in the future.
43-year-old Ryan Johnson is fully grown as well as boosted, and returning to his normal life was one of the biggest motives behind getting the vaccine. That’s why a 4th dose would be a no-brainer.
“I’m taking it today, if it was available, I mean, whatever it takes to eradicate all this clutter,” said Ryan Johnson, an engineer at GM.
And like Ryan, Erika Gunaca, a fitness instructor, is also ready to put the pandemic behind her.
“We’ve seen the numbers drop and I know I just come from a fitness person who teaches kickboxing, has been able to actually do it personally and not virtually,” said Erika Gunaca, fitness instructor.
The last time Erika took the booster, she became infected, but even then she is determined to fight the virus by taking another dose.
Dr. Sims from Beaumont Health says the 4th dose is currently recommended for people who are immunosuppressed, and for others, doctors are waiting for more clarity as drug manufacturers like Pfizer get ready to submit support data to the FDA.
“It may be that what we really need is the Omicron variant vaccine, and Pfizer said they are working on a universal vaccine, one that will cover all variants,” says Dr. Matthew Sims, Head of Infectious Disease Research, Beaumont Health.
In terms of how many shots we need to defeat the virus, says Dr. Sims that it all depends on how quickly we reach cellular-based protection instead of relying on antibodies. But it can take some time.
“Part of the problem is that the virus keeps changing,” said Dr. Matthew Sims, Head of Infectious Disease Research, Beaumont Health.
But even then, says Dr. Sims that the COVID vaccine is one of the best he has seen.
“The amount of protection it provides is unimaginable. The FDA set a requirement that should provide at least 50 percent protection, and against the original strains, it provided 95% protection,” says Dr. Matthew Sims, Head of Infectious Disease Research, Beaumont Health.
Even with new variants coming out, says Dr. Sims that people should still be vaccinated and boosted because that is what will prevent you from getting sick enough to end up in the hospital or even worse die.