"Once you get that third immunization, you're going to have long-lasting durable protection," he said.
MSNBC HOST: Dr. Hotez, there's an idea out there now for folks vaccine-hesitant, now with the addition of boosters saying, look, vaccines don't work, why should I go ahead and get a vaccine if you're now asking folks to get a booster?
DR. PETER HOTEZ: Well, part of it is the poor messaging around the vaccines. The two mRNA vaccines were always going to be three-dose vaccines. And it should have been described as such.
And once you get that third immunization, you're going to have long-lasting durable protection. By giving the first two doses together, yes, you got design incline in immunity and with the third immunization, that's going to do it. And I approve. And the proof is we've lost 1 100,000 americans over the summer, almost all of those were unvaccinated. These vaccines will completely save your lives and restore your protection once you get the third immunization.