The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed a new treatment Covid-19 vaccines just as many Americans get an annual flu shot—to protect people from mutations of the virus.
Not everyone is up and down about the idea.
The proposal is intended to streamline future vaccination efforts — and under that strategy, most adults and children would be vaccinated once a year to protect against the mutating virus, the FDA said.
The FDA will offer annual COVID vaccines for Americans, similar to the annual flu vaccine
A clinical professor of medicine and practicing internist at NYU Langone Medical Center, as well as a Fox News contributor, Dr. Marc Siegel told Fox News Digital on Monday evening about the plan: “I believe the risk-benefit issue is constantly being reviewed. The COVID vaccine, especially in high-risk groups — but that has to be a one-on-one discussion,” said Dr. referred to communication and decision making.
“They’re putting the cart before the horse,” said the agency’s new idea, “paying attention to the public’s COVID fatigue.”
“While the idea of an annual COVID vaccine makes sense, they’re ignoring the fact that they don’t really have a vaccine for it,” he said.
“We need more work on a vaccine that will cover all options — or a nasal vaccine to prevent the spread.”
Dr. Siegel outlined five factors that should be considered under this new proposal.
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One: “Poor compliance with the vaccines they currently have (only 40% of those over 65, a high-risk group) is a factor,” said Dr. Siegel.
Two: “Paul Offit, MD, at Penn, who I interviewed, has a position that they are chasing subvariants and fighting against them when they find a new vaccine. [them]a new subvariant is emerging,” said Dr. Siegel.
“It’s true that vaccination still reduces severity well, but it’s not ideal,” he said.
Three: “We need more work on a vaccine that will cover all options — or a nasal vaccine to prevent the spread.”
Dr. Siegel added: “In the meantime, we need to target high-risk groups with the vaccine we have.”
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He also said, “Long-term COVID concerns all groups, but there comes a point where vaccine coverage is sufficient to reduce the risk. And post-infection immunity (so-called natural immunity) must also be included.”
Vaccination requires a conversation that begins with the patient’s concerns.”
Four: “A lot of time has been spent over the last three years in favor of a public health official’s position over a sustainable public in terms of lockdowns, masks, mandates, school closings,” or more, he said.
“Now there’s more pushback and resistance.”
Five: “While these vaccines are generally very safe and still somewhat effective, much of the public is not convinced — and our leaders need to take that into account.”
Dr. Siegel added, “Vaccination requires a conversation that begins with the patient’s concerns.”
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He reiterated that he “strongly” believes the risk-benefit is worth pursuing the COVID vaccine, especially in high-risk groups – but said it should be a “one-on-one discussion” between doctor and patient.
Under the FDA’s new proposal, Americans will no longer have to keep track of how many shots they’ve received or how many months it’s been since their last booster.
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In documents posted online, FDA scientists said many Americans now have “sufficient pre-existing immunity.” against the coronavirus — due to vaccination, infection or a combination of both.
Bradford Betz of Fox News Digital contributed to the report.