INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – We are now getting an insight into how long COVID-19 vaccine protection lasts.
New data from Pfizer says vaccination protection remains high for at least six months after the second dose. In addition, many experts expect the protection to last even longer.
People can still get sick after vaccination. However, Pfizer said its vaccine was more than 91% effective against the disease with any symptoms for at least six months.
The CDC and FDA agree that the Pfizer vaccine is between 95% and 100% effective against severe COVID-19 and that the vaccine protects against the worrying variant first found in South Africa.
Pfizer CEO said the new data puts the company in a good position to file for full FDA approval. The vaccine is currently only approved for emergency use.
It’s vaccine news that the best American doctors had hoped for.
“It’s just the icing on the cake for good news,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases. “I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Moderna and other companies did the same and got similar results.”
When it comes to Moderna, the FDA gives OK to squeeze another dose out of a vaccine bottle.
The vials contain 10 doses but can be given an 11th dose with the correct type of syringe and needle.
The FDA approved the new revision Thursday, adding a manufacturing option for a larger vial with up to 15 doses.
Moderna vaccinations still require two doses, one month apart. However, the updates should help bolster the U.S. vaccine supply.
By Friday morning, the CDC announced that more than 153 million Americans in the United States had received at least one dose of the vaccine. That’s about 30% of the population. The CDC said nearly 17% of the US population received both doses.