UPDATED 9:24 AM PT – Thursday, December 2, 2021
Pfizer gave an update on COVID-19 booster shots as the company pushes for teenagers to take a third dose. During a recent interview with the BBC, company CEO Albert Bourla said individuals might need a booster shot every year moving forward.
On Tuesday, Pfizer submitted a request to the FDA to approve booster shots for 16 and 17-year-olds. Bourla then said it isn’t clear how long these shots are effective.
“I am very confident that would last at least 12-months, but I don’t know that,” he stated. “If we have to make a guess based on everything I have seen so far, I would say that likely will be needed annual revaccination to maintain a very robust and very, very high level of protection.”
In the meantime, the company is studying the Omicron variant and said they are prepared to develop another vaccine.