As of right now, COVID is at its peak in various parts of the globe. The Delta variant has been rapidly spreading because not only is it more contagious than the previous variants, it is also still transmissible to people that are vaccinated. The benefit of having the vaccine reduces your chance of having a severe case, and greatly reduces your chances you’re hospitalized or die because of COVID. Researchers around the world have been scrambling to find a treatment to help slow these devastating times. We are seeing countries go back into lockdown, and in America, there are states that are seeing their peak cases, as well. Not only that, hospitals are still overflowing across America. Now researchers are putting together data to see if a third booster shot would be effective.
COVID has taken the lives of about 630,000 Americans in about 18 months, and it doesn’t show signs of slowing down. When the vaccines were released, it seemed as if we started to turn the corner, now we’re waiting for another big breakthrough. Could a third booster shot be the answer? Of course, there hasn’t been significant timing since the original vaccine came out to study a booster, but researchers have compiled the data to investigate it further. Medical News Today states, “Additionally, recent data have also suggested the immunity provided by COVID-19 vaccines fades considerably over time, which also means vaccinated individuals become more susceptible to infection with SARS-CoV-2. However, some scientists and pharmaceutical companies argue that offering an additional booster shot of some of the most widely authorized COVID-19 vaccines could provide an effective way to keep the Delta variant at bay.”
There’s more than 100 other vaccines being created to fight against COVID, so if the third booster doesn’t work out, we can hope there is a more advance vaccine being created.
Hopefully the end of COVID is near, but at this point, it’s hard to know.