Bourla, who last tested positive for the virus in August, was waiting to receive his bivalent booster vaccine. “I’m feeling well & symptom free,” Bourla wrote in a tweet. “While we’ve made great progress, the virus is still with us.”
I have tested positive for COVID. I’m feeling well & symptom free. I’ve not had the new bivalent booster yet, as I was following CDC guidelines to wait 3 months since my previous COVID case which was back in mid-August. While we’ve made great progress, the virus is still with us.
— Albert Bourla (@AlbertBourla) September 24, 2022
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people infected with COVID-19 can wait three months after first experiencing symptoms to get a jab, as they likely have natural immunity for that span of time after being infected.
The CDC approved Pfizer’s 30-microgram bivalent booster shot on Sept. 1 for people over the age of 12. As of Thursday, the CDC reported that 4.4 million people had received this updated booster, or roughly less than 2% of the U.S. population. Moderna has a 50-microgram dose approved for people over the age of 18.