The Battle Over COVID-19 Boosters Sure Doesn’t Boost the Public’s Trust

The Battle Over COVID-19 Boosters Sure Doesn’t Boost the Public’s Trust

Note that views expressed in this opinion article are the writer’s personal views and not necessarily those of TrialSite.

Whenever I think about the public health response to COVID-19, I don’t just think about the current pandemic. I think about the next one, and if the public will trust and listen to public health policymakers during that pandemic. What the policymakers do now impacts how the public will respond during future pandemics. People are watching, and while the current pandemic was politicized since Day 1, inconsistencies, dubious bypasses and evidentiary biases displayed at the top will come back to haunt us all. When I hear public health stakeholders complain that the public isn’t listening to their advice, I think of the story about the boy who kills his parents and then cries that he’s an orphan, which brings me to the current fiasco over COVID-19 vaccine boosters and why it does nothing to boost the public’s trust. 

The current administration announced in mid-August that boosters would be available to the public on September 20th, and that individuals should get a booster 8 months after vaccination. I was surprised by such a bold, public and specific ann...

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