The focus of immunizations against Covid should be on the unvaccinated, Elizabeth Tracey reports


Many countries have or are in the midst of rolling out third doses or boosters against Covid-19, even as the World Health Organization decries the practice. Anna Durbin, an infectious disease expert at Johns Hopkins, says while such a strategy might keep some well, it’s not the way to stop the pandemic.

Durbin: If you want to stop the spread of delta, if you want to stop the emergence of new variants giving booster shots is not the way to do it. We have to get unvaccinated people vaccinated. I think unfortunately the discussion around booster shots has been a bit of a distraction and has moved the discussion away from what do we need to do to get unvaccinated people vaccinated. Will a booster help your immune system? Yes. Will it raise your antibody titers? Yes. Do you absolutely need it? Most people probably not.  :33

Durbin says those with special needs such as transplant recipients may need a third dose to produce any antibodies. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.