Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, told CNN’s Jim Sciutto Monday that the Omicron variant is another reason for people to get vaccinated and boosted against Covid-19.
“We still have, of course, in the US a serious surge of the Delta variant, we should be thinking about that,” he said, when asked what his best advice was to people as more is learned about the newly detected Omicron variant. “Your best protection against Delta is to get vaccinated, and if you’ve already been vaccinated and six months have passed since you got Pfizer or Moderna, get your booster, two months since J&J, get your booster.”
“That was a reason already, but now add Omicron to the mix,” Collins said. “And we do believe that this new variant, which will probably come to our shores, will also be something vaccines and boosters can help you with.
“Get your vaccine, get your booster, it’s the best chance we’ve got to drive this Covid-19 pandemic away,” he said.