But fully vaccinating healthy people in “high-risk” jobs, which means they are more likely to be infected, does not necessarily have a higher risk of getting sick even if they are infected. This is the whole point of vaccination – so even if you are exposed to the virus, you will not get very sick.
But “high risk” is a fluid definition of work. There is now a federal requirement to vaccinate healthcare workers, and more schools need to vaccinate staff and eligible students. So here’s the embarrassment: if you’re already fully vaccinated, you’re in a “high-risk” job because your coworkers or others who come through your door can’t or won’t vaccinate. Vaccinate them, and you will no longer be in a high-risk job!
So it’s clever for CDC. ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice) Healthy people do not think that no matter where they work, they need a booster dose to protect themselves. Protection from vaccinations against serious illness and hospitalization has remained high across the age group. And although a booster dose may further increase antibody levels, it is not clear whether it is necessary to protect against severe COVID-19, and whether it will reduce viral infections.
We know that some people have not yet entered the initial course of vaccination. We haven’t thoroughly vaccinated everyone who wants a shot in the U.S., so does it make sense to provide a booster?
Booster doses won’t work much if we still have large pockets of vaccinated people. These people should be our urgent focus. Those who cannot take time off from work, or live in more rural or less resource-rich neighborhoods where they do not have access to news or reliable scientific information, need resources to promote the community to get vaccinated.
There is a shortage of nurses, pharmacists and community health workers at the moment. Will we have the resources to plan a booster dose and still go without the vaccine?
Can you tell us how the moral picture has changed since we last spoke in January? What the Biden administration does Pledge to donate more than half a billion vaccines Calculus change?
It is disappointing that more than 18 months after the epidemic was declared, we have not been able to reach what I call relational solidarity, the world community working together for the common good, to ensure that no one is left behind. Giving is better than nothing, but poor countries are left at the mercy of rich countries. Many of these 500 million Pfizer doses will not come until the end of next year. If it is urgent for Americans who have improved health care to get vaccinated as soon as possible, or even get a booster dose, how will it be considered acceptable after next year? This means that many people in poor countries will not get their first shot when the United States is more than 18 months after giving its first dose.
The inequality that we create and approve of is just awful. And Pfizer vaccines require special refrigeration, so poor countries that do not have storage and handling capacity may still not benefit. We need to build capacity to solve supply chain problems and have manufacturing plants for various vaccines spread around the world. Pharmaceutical companies need to partner with global pharmaceutical companies to do this. This can help ensure that shots are quickly adapted to local forms.