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Pfizer: 3rd COVID vaccine dose likely needed within 12 months

Published: Apr. 15, 2021 at 6:07 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 16, 2021 at 3:27 AM EDT
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(CNN) - If you received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, you’ll likely need a third dose within a year.

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla says people are likely to need a booster dose of the vaccine six to 12 months after their first round.

From there, it will be an annual re-vaccination.

Officials are still testing the timing of follow-up vaccine doses.

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Bourla shared the news during a CVS Health live event posted to Facebook Thursday.

He also added that real-world data shows the Pfizer vaccine is effective against a worrying variant of coronavirus first seen in South Africa.

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