Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced on Sunday that he is lobbying the federal government to enable Americans to receive a third dosage of COVID-19 vaccine sooner rather than later, claiming that individuals cannot wait that long. People should have a third shot eight months after getting their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, according to current recommendations.
As the Delta variation rages across the country, Hogan said on CBS’s Face the Nation that he’s pressing the federal government to approve booster doses more quickly. The Republican Governor said, “We’re pushing to speed up that timeframe, because we want to start, and are already preparing in our state, to start doing boosters for our nursing home residents and more people that are in vulnerable populations. We want to get that final OK from the federal government.”
So far, the FDA has approved an additional dosage of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for “certain immunocompromised persons” as an added layer of protection as illnesses rise. Federal officials said on Wednesday that booster shots will be administered to the general population beginning the week of September 20. The eight-month window, they claimed, represents current knowledge of when vaccine protection against serious illness may diminish.A booster shot given earlier than that, according to some experts, will not be as beneficial. Those with impaired immune systems can receive a third dose without waiting eight months, according to current guidelines. That advice, however, only applies to around 3% of adults in the United States who, like Hogan, are at risk of disease as a result of organ transplants, certain malignancies, or other illnesses.