The CEO of Moderna claims that, despite what the CDC says, young and healthy individuals may not need a COVID booster shot going into the future.
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending booster shots for everyone above age five, Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel says that it’s best to think of the boosters as annual flu shots.
“I think it’s going to be like the flu,” Bancel told investors Monday, as reported by the Daily Mail. “If you’re a 25-year-old, do you need an annual booster every year if you’re healthy?
“You might want to… but I think it’s going to be similar to flu, where it’s going to be people at high-risk, people above 50 years of age, people with comorbidities, people with cancer and other conditions, people with transplants,” he said.
Bancel isn’t the first voice to go against the CDC’s guidance. Increasing numbers of people, even some who are pro-vaccine, have questioned why young, healthy people and small children need regular booster shots with very little risk of suffering severe illness.