Previously, the World Health Organization urged countries to donate vaccines rather than use them for booster doses. Now, in their interim statement, they said they are “reviewing the emerging evidence on the need for and timing of an additional vaccine dose (booster dose 1) for the currently available COVID-19 vaccines which have received Emergency Use Listing (EUL).”
The WHO also listed down the potential reasons why we might need booster doses. They include waning protection against infection or disease and reduced protection against variants of concern.
On the other hand, some experts say current data suggests that protection from the vaccines lasts for a significant period, possibly 2 to 3 years or longer.
Natural Infection Produces Lasting Immunity, But Vaccination is Still Better
While trying to shed light on the question, “Will I need a booster shot for COVID-19?”, you might have heard that getting infected with COVID-19 and recovering from it gives you lasting immunity. Experts say it’s true, but highlight that vaccination is still better.
For one, COVID-19 is a “tricky” disease. We know that older people and those with comorbidities are at risk of severe infection. But we have also heard of relatively young, healthy people who required hospitalization.
Also, by getting infected, you risk becoming a COVID long-hauler or those patients who still experience health issues long after they recover.