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Do you need a fourth COVID-19 shot? Pfizer CEO says yes

Posted at 3:18 PM, Mar 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-14 17:16:00-04

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - Less than 450 people are hospitalized in our state with COVID-19, according to the Virginia Health and Hospital Association - a far cry from nearly 4,000 during the peak in January.

"When Omicron came through, it came in quickly like wildfire," said Dr. Ryan Light with Greenbrier Family Medicine in Chesapeake.

Now, cases in Virginia and across the nation are trending way down - and your immunity may also be waning.

"As time goes on, your body had produced these antibodies, but they go away over time. You have less to fight off a viral infection," said Light.

So, could this mean a fourth shot?

"It is necessary for a fourth booster," said Dr. Albert Boula, CEO of Pfizer, Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation." "We are working very diligently right now. It is to make not only a vaccine that will protect against all variants - including omega - but also something that can protect for at least a year."

Bourla stated that to help fend off another wave or the new variant Deltacron, seen in Europe, a fourth shot is needed.

If you are immunocompromised and you have had three shots, you can already get a fourth dose, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

"Those people are on immunologic drugs may be older with cancer or have obesity. Those at risk need to think about this," said Light.

The vaccine does lessen the chance at hospitalizations and deaths. Dr. Bourla says they will soon submit a new vaccine to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in hopes for approval by May.

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