ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – 71 people in St. Louis County who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have tested positive for the virus. Experts told the Post-Dispatch the findings reinforce that even people that have received their vaccine still need to be cautious.
Nationally, the CDC has received more than 5,800 reports of fully vaccinated people getting COVID. That equates to about 0.008 percent of the more than 75 million people who are now vaccinated.
The CEO of drug company Moderna announced this week that they will make a third booster shot for the two-dose vaccine available by the fall.
Studies show their vaccine is more than 90-percent effective against COVID six months after the second shot, but it’s still unclear how long immunity will last.
Pfizer’s CEO, whose vaccine is just as effective, announced Thursday people will likely need a booster of their shot within a year.
“MRNA vaccines are incredibly flexible and it’s very easy to change them,” said Cleveland University Hospitals infectious disease specialist Dr. Amy Edwards.
She believes boosters will become necessary but says the timeline is hard to say for certain.