Dr. Sanjay Gupta: No, You Shouldn't Wait to Get Vaccinated Because of the New COVID-19 Strains

With mutant COVID-19 strains popping up and spreading across the U.S., many people are wondering if they should wait until there are, perhaps, more targeted vaccines.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: No, You Shouldn't Wait to Get Vaccinated Because of the New COVID-19 Strains

With mutant COVID-19 strains popping up and spreading across the U.S., many people are wondering if they should wait to get the vaccine. They want to know if they should give scientists time to make a more targeted vaccine for the new variants.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta's answer: No. You should not wait.


Gupta spoke to Dr. Oz about why it's so important for everyone to get the current vaccines.

"I think you should still get vaccinated. That's the bottom line," Gupta said. "The point is that the antibodies that you get from the vaccine do seem to be very protective, at least against the variants that are circulating right now. Now, maybe not as much protection [as you'd get] against the more dominant coronavirus, but still very good protection. So I would still get the vaccine and I would go to bed at night and wake up in the morning with the knowledge that that vaccine is nearly 100% protective against me getting really sick, needing a hospitalization, or dying — the things that people care about the most."

Gupta also explained that technology allows scientists to adjust the vaccine if they need to.

"They can very quickly retool the vaccine as necessary. When I say very quickly, I mean, within weeks, not years, as we typically think of vaccines. It's almost like computer code changing versus a new biologic being developed. So if you need a booster, if you need to get a more regular vaccine like we do with the flu shot, that may be something that happens. But I absolutely would not withhold the vaccine right now" Gupta said.

The neurosurgeon offered more ways to protect yourself, especially your brain. Just remember one simple word to start strengthening your brain today.

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