Ashish Jha isn’t worried about COVID-19 vaccine booster shots now



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“I would be very surprised if we need booster shots by September.”

Dr. Ashish Jha said Friday he isn’t worried about Americans needing booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine any time soon. 

The dean of the Brown University School of Public Health told Good Morning America he agrees with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the NIH and top adviser to President Joe Biden, on the issue. On Wednesday, Fauci said he expects a booster shot will likely be needed within a year of vaccination to continue protection against coronavirus, but more data is needed to know for certain. 

“I’m not worried about booster shots any time soon,” Jha told GMA. “My take is, first of all Dr. Fauci is totally right, we don’t know for sure. I would be very surprised if we need booster shots by September.

‘My mental model, based on all the data that I’m reading, is that at some point next year, many people will need a booster shot,” Jha said. “But we’re going to determine that by looking at breakthrough infections and what’s happening with immunity. I think it’s very very unlikely that we’re going to need it this year.”

About 160.2 million people in the United States have received at least one dose of a vaccine and 126.6 million people have been fully vaccinated, according to the COVID-19 vaccine tracker from the New York Times. President Joe Biden has set a goal of having 70 percent of adults in the country get at least one shot to protect against coronavirus by July 4. Currently, that number is around 60 percent. 

Watch Jha’s full appearance below: