Boosters on the Way Based on Waning Effect of COVID-19 Vaccines

Boosters on the Way Based on Waning Effect of COVID-19 Vaccines

As time passes, it is becoming more apparent that COVID-19 booster shots are in our future. Multiple media accounts are pointing in this direction. Today, Axios published, “Biden’s big COVID challenge: Fading vaccines may demand boosters.” The report notes that President Biden’s administration is deeply studying vaccine effectiveness over time and when exactly would be the right time for a booster. At the same time, they are still trying to convince folks to get a vaccine. While these vaccines “work incredibly well” against death and severe disease, we still don’t know how effective they are at stopping spread and infection. “I think everybody believes this wanes over time, the question is to what extent,” according to a Biden official. “Nobody wants to be behind the eight-ball here. We want to catch it before there’s an issue, and that’s why there is very intense scrutiny.” Another person connected to the administration points out that “By the time we have the data that efficacy is declining, we’re already behind—a public health decision can be made on imperfect data. So, are you waiting for a ton of breakthrough cases and a ton of death and disease before you boost everyone? Tha...

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