Coronavirus Booster Shot: Amidst the newly emerging variants, will we need a variant-specific booster shot?

The US President’s Chief Medical Adviser, Dr Anthony Fauci, on Wednesday claimed that currently available booster shots offer considerable protection against the Omicron variant and do not need to be replaced with a newer, modified version of the COVID vaccines.

During the White House COVID update, Dr. “Our booster vaccine works against Omicron,” Fauci said. “At this point, there is no need for a type-specific booster,” he clarified. In addition, Fauci said protection from infection against the two-dose vaccine has dropped to 33%, compared to 80% before the emergence of Omicron. However, the two doses are still 70% effective at preventing hospitalization in Omicron patients in South Africa, he adds.

That said, the booster shot has become the need of the hour. Whether a type-oriented shot is needed remains to be seen and considered.