Most people won't need a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot for years, vaccination experts predict

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is meeting next week to discuss whether immunocompromised Americans should be authorized to receive a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and Pfizer said last week it will seek regulatory approval for an eventual third booster shot of its vaccine amid the rapidly spreading Delta variant. Israel said this week it will begin administering a third Pfizer dose to severely immunocompromised adults, and Britain has announced a plan to administer booster shots beginning in September.

The rapid spread of the Delta mutation among unvaccinated pockets of the U.S. combined with Pfizer's announcement "has unleashed third-dose panic among the vaccinated," Politico reports. But global public health officials are outraged that vaccine-rich countries would consider third shots before health care workers in many countries have gotten their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. And most U.S. public health and government officials say people won't need a booster shot now or anytime soon.

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