We learned this week that the Biden administration has called on all Americans to get the COVID-19 vaccine booster shots. But experts aren’t so sure all Americans need them.

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.

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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.”
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Similarly, the World Health Organization said there is no need for COVID-19 booster shots right now because some countries haven't even had their first shots, per Reuters.

  • 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.

  • “We are starting to see evidence of reduced protection against mild and moderate disease,” officials told The New York Times.
  • These COVID-19 booster shots will start being offered on Sept. 20, per The Associated Press.