Experts recently told The New York Times that not all Americans need the COVID-19 vaccine booster shots since the current COVID-19 vaccines are stopping hospitalizations and death. Making people sick, experts said, is not enough to justify the boosters.
Dr. Céline Gounder, an infectious disease specialist at Bellevue Hospital Center, told The New York Times that the COVID-19 booster should be given to everyone if the vaccines were failing to prevent hospitalizations.
- “Feeling sick like a dog and laid up in bed, but not in the hospital with severe COVID, is not a good enough reason,” Gounder told The New York Times. “We’ll be better protected by vaccinating the unvaccinated here and around the world.”
- The WHO said most people worldwide should be vaccinated before countries start giving out boosters.
On Wednesday, U.S. health officials called on all Americans to get COVID-19 booster shots after new data showed that the current COVID-19 surge has not protected all fully vaccinated people. The delta variant has only further complicated the vaccine’s efficacy.