The New Normal: COVID-19 booster vaccines

News 12's Elizabeth Hashagen was joined this morning by Dr. Richard Barakat and Dr. Matthew Harris. Dr. Barakat is the physician-in-chief and director of the Northwell Cancer Institute. Dr. Harris is the medical director of Northwell's COVID-19 vaccination program.

News 12 Staff

Aug 23, 2021, 3:25 PM

Updated 1,023 days ago

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News 12's Elizabeth Hashagen was joined this morning by Dr. Richard Barakat and Dr. Matthew Harris. Dr. Barakat is the physician-in-chief and director of the Northwell Cancer Institute. Dr. Harris is the medical director of Northwell's COVID-19 vaccination program.
Boosters are being planned as early as the fall for people who got the two-shot Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. But we are already seeing immunocompromised people getting those booster shots now.
Are patients asking for the third shot?
Top health officials from agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the White House and the Food and Drug Administration said in a statement Wednesday that the effectiveness of mRNA vaccines declines over time, especially for those with compromised immune systems.
What does this mean for those getting the vaccine? Will it help improve their efficacy?


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