Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said people will “likely” need a third dose of a Covid-19 vaccine within 12 months of getting fully vaccinated and that you may have to get vaccinated annually, like a flu shot.
“A likely scenario is that there will be likely a need for a third dose, somewhere between six and 12 months and then from there, there will be an annual revaccination, but all of that needs to be confirmed. And again, the variants will play a key role,” he told CNBC on April 1, 2021, though the interview was not made public until April 15.
Moderna is looking at a booster shot that would be ready to administer in Fall of 2021.
Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel did not specify the time-line from second dose to third dose, but did tell CNBC on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 that the company hopes to have a third booster shot available in the fall and judging by her comments, it seems like they intend to get those shots into arms during that fall.
“I want to make sure there are boost vaccines available in the fall so that we protect people as we go into the next fall and winter season in the U.S.,” Bancel said. “Our goal is to work really hard to get this ready before the fall.”