Dr. Fauci: Booster Shots May Depend on Variants

Associated Press

Friday May 21, 2021

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases  (Source:Greg Nash/Pool via AP)

Dr. Anthony Fauci says vaccinated Americans would "not necessarily" need to get booster shots this fall for further protection from COVID-19.

Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, told CBS "This Morning" on Friday that scientists would be tracking data on the virus and possible variants. He says it was still "possible" an additional shot would be needed later this year to ward off possible infection.

Fauci also urged Americans to continue to follow CDC guidelines. He stressed those who haven't been fully vaccinated still need to wear masks even if they are largely spending time with people who have been inoculated.

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