Doctor recommends booster to help protect against Omicron variant

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The makers of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine said Omicron is changing how many doses they recommend for people.

Omicron: Booster dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine can ‘neutralize’ variant, companies say

Pfizer said it is developing a specific vaccine for Omicron that could be ready by March.

Pfizer and BioNTech said early Wednesday that three doses of their coronavirus vaccine appear to “neutralize” the Omicron variant, while two doses show “significantly reduced neutralization,” according to preliminary data.

“Let me represent one time. Fully vaxxed,” said Al Kapone.

Memphis rapper Al Kapone said he’s ready to roll up his sleeves a third time after Pfizer and Bio NTech announced three doses of their COVID-19 vaccine neutralizes the Omicron variant.

“If that’s what is going to help the situation, then that’s going to help the situation,” he said.

But not everyone is on board. 

“This is a neverending thing, so I don’t think it’s going to stop,” said Brian Price. “They’re going to keep suggesting getting shots, but how many times are you going to get pricked?”

With just two doses, Price is still protected. Preliminary data show two doses of Pfizer’s vaccine “significantly reduced neutralization.”

“The booster by itself has probably been one of the best examples of the complexity of medical data coming at us,” said Dr. Steve Threlkeld.

The infectious disease specialist said data show immunity wanes over time, but the preliminary data is promising.

“The data is stacking up every day more and more in favor of most people getting the booster. And the Omicron variant is just another version of that because it seems you will be protected if you have had the booster,” said Threlkeld.

Dr. Threlkeld said it’s too early to determine how effective two shots are in fighting the variant.

“We don’t know yet how well you will be protected if you don’t have that booster. You’re more likely to get infected if not severely infected,” said Threlkeld.