Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Some fear boosters will hurt the drive to reach the unconnected

NEW YORK — The spread of COVID-19 vaccination requirements across the US has so far not had the desired effect, with the number of Americans getting their first shot in recent weeks. And some experts worry that the move to give boosters could make matters worse.

The fear is that the rollout of booster shots will cause some people to question the vaccine’s effectiveness in the first place.

“Many of my patients are already saying, ‘If we need a third dose, what was the point of that? said Dr. Jason Goldman, a physician in Coral Springs, Florida.

According to the most recent federal data available, the average daily number of Americans receiving their first dose of the vaccine has been falling for six weeks, dropping more than 50% from about 480,000 in early August to 230 by the middle of last week, 000 has been reduced.

An estimated 70 million vaccine-eligible Americans have yet to start immunization, despite summer infections, hospitalizations, and deaths from the Delta variant.

This is the case despite a growing number of businesses announcing vaccination requirements for their employees, including Google, McDonald’s, Microsoft and Disney. In addition, large cities such as New York and San Francisco are demanding vaccinations for people to eat in restaurants or enter certain other businesses.

Separately, President Joe Biden on September 9 announced sweeping new vaccine requirements for 100 million Americans. Employees of businesses with more than 100 people on the payroll must undergo vaccinations or weekly testing. But the mandate has not yet taken effect; Necessary rules are still being worked out.

Eli French of Omaha, Nebraska, said the move toward booster shots only reinforced her conviction that vaccinations aren’t necessary, especially for people who take care of themselves.

“It comes back to the mindset of not needing your hand through every situation,” said French, founder of a small advocacy group called Nebraskans Against Government Overreach.

Tara Ducart, a 40-year-old rancher from Hazen, North Dakota, and board member of Health Freedom North Dakota, an organization fighting mask and vaccine mandates, said: “I think there’s a lot of hesitation because if the first two shots work If not, why take the third shot?”

Scientists have emphasized that the vaccine is highly effective against serious illness and death from COVID-19, noting that the unconfirmed accounts for most of the recent dead and hospitalizations. But experts have also seen signs that the safety of the vaccine may be slipping, and they want to get ahead of the problem.

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