Why are so many people choosing not to get the most recent Covid booster? Elizabeth Tracey reports


Trying to understand vaccine hesitancy looms large as many infectious disease experts fear a fall surge of Covid. Anna Durbin, an infectious disease expert at Johns Hopkins, says a look at what happened with the early Covid vaccines is informative.

Durbin: We have to recognize that vaccines are given to perfectly healthy people. Where drugs, treatments, generally you’re taking a medication to treat a specific illness. So there’s a very high safety bar for that and I think we also have to be transparent in our expectations. The expectations are not reasonable, their expectations for the Covid vaccine were really unrealistic. They were built upon initial incredible success but that was short term protection. People then expected that to last forever, which isn’t really reasonable.  :33

Durbin believes the new bivalent boosters will provide additional protection and should be received by all who are eligible. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.