**Why Experts Can’t Seem to Agree on Boosters**
**By Markham Heid, The New York Times, April 13, 2022**
**One area of consensus is that people who have weak immune systems or multiple risk factors should get boosted.**
**Dr. Eric Topol, a professor of molecular medicine at Scripps Research in San Diego, says...the data from Israel are compelling, and older adults or those with risk factors for Covid-19 should get the second booster. ...But...**
**Dr. Phil Krause, the former deputy director of the F.D.A.’s Office of Vaccines Research and Review, says that boosters make sense for the elderly and people who are at high risk for severe Covid-19. But for everyone else, he says the data show that the initial two-shot mRNA vaccines provide strong and durable protection against severe illness, and the need for extra shots is, at this point, not warranted....**
**When it comes to the Omicron variant, boosters seem to provide transient protection from infection or spread. In my conversations with physicians and vaccine researchers, none brought up infection prevention as a strong justification for the second booster. Instead, most pointed to this or that data set and argued that reductions in severe illness (or a lack thereof) supported their views....**
**Considering that a boosters’ impact can be short-lived, some say U.S. authorities should wait a bit longer before pushing out another shot....** [end quote]
OK. Even the experts don’t agree.
Dr. Fauci is saying he thinks mask mandates probably won’t be coming back but everyone should decide for themselves.
This is how I analyze it. Of course, I got 2 vaccinations plus the first booster.
- The second booster is transient. Like, a month or two. Some experts are saying that another booster now might reduce their immune response to a later vaccine. Is that true? I haven’t seen data either way.
Should I get the 2nd booster now?
New cases are pretty low in my area, but slowly increasing. An Omicron BA.2 case was detected.
I’m 68 years old. I have asthma. Two risk factors. But my immune system is OK.
I think that 2022 will look a lot like 2020 and 2021. Spikes after national holidays (Memorial Day and the 4th of July) and a big spike after Thanksgiving since many vaccinated people will have waning immunity. Even if a brand-new variant doesn’t pop up after Omicron BA.2.
The US has a booster problem. Less than half of all American adults — 42 percent — say they have received an additional dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, according to the most recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey. Among vaccinated people, that share is 70 percent. Better but a long way from ideal.
Conclusion: I plan to wear a mask indoors if it’s crowded. I plan to get my second booster in October, along with my flu shot.
But everyone is different.