WASHINGTON – The Biden administration has decided that most Americans should get the coronavirus vaccine eight months after completing their initial vaccination, and could start offering additional vaccines as early as mid-September, according to two administration officials familiar with discussions.
Authorities plan to announce the administration’s decision as early as this week. Their goal is to let Americans know that they will need additional protection against the Delta variant which is causing an increase in the number of cases across the country.
The first reminders will likely go to residents of nursing homes and healthcare workers, followed by other seniors who were near the front line when vaccinations began late last year. Authorities are considering giving people the same vaccine they originally received.
Among other disturbing signals, officials in the Biden administration are particularly concerned about data from Israel suggesting that Pfizer-BioNTech’s protection against serious illness has declined significantly for older people who were vaccinated in January or February. .