LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Pfizer making its case to U.S. health officials today, that a booster shot will be needed for their covid-19 vaccine.
Pfizer says the data from their booster study showed that people’s antibody levels increased between five and ten-fold after a third dose.
however, the CDC and FDA releasing a statement last week pushing back against Pfizer’s assertion, saying they do not view booster shots as necessary at this time.
Some say Pfizer is just trying to be prepared.
Stephen Schrantz said, “I don’t think we want to be here in December with a new variant that seems to be abating our vaccine and we don’t have anything that’s in the pipeline all ready to go.”
The debate over booster shots coming as more Americans grow concerned over the highly transmissible delta variant.
With only about 48 percent of the u-s population fully vaccinated, hospitalization numbers are rising in areas with low vaccination rates.
U.S. health officials are confident the current vaccines offer protection against this variant.
Since Friday, another 86-hundred people finish their COVID-19 vaccine regimen. That puts the state’s vaccination percentage at 48.
Eau Claire County is at 49.8 percent. Chippewa County moves up to 44.4 percent. In La Crosse County, the vaccination percentage is 54.3. Dunn County is at 38.2 percent.