People over 50 years of age can receive a second booster dose of either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines.
However, several issues are complicating the plan as the government must calculate when the next wave of COVID-19 could hit the US, sources told the Times.
Administration will want to provide the second booster for the elderly before another wave arrives, but not too far before that protection could wear off.
Other complications include how the plan will be explained to the public and how long the second booster’s protection will remain strong, the Times said.
White House Advisor Anton Fauci said last week that COVID-19 cases could increase in the coming weeks.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if over the next few weeks we see either a flattening out in our reduction or maybe even an increase,” Fauci said on the ABC News podcast Start Here.
However, it is unclear how dangerous this wave could be compared to previous surges as the BA.2 variant is starting to become dominant in the US
The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.
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