To Boost Or Not

On September 20 all eligible Americans will allegedly be able to get a booster shot of the Covid-19 vaccine. Of course a date was indicated and then it was insinuated that the FDA would have the final say. So who knows.

Assuming this is going to happen, people will be eligible for their boosters eight months after they had their second Covid-19 vaccine shot. My main question is: and then what?

I’m a fully vaccinated person and I have no intention of getting a booster. My reasons are the same as many: there are millions of people around the world who haven’t even had a chance at their first shot. Earlier this month, the WHO asked wealthy nations to stop distributing booster shots until at least the end of September to give poorer countries the chance to vaccinate their populations with the first rounds of shots. “We’re planning to hand out extra life jackets to people who already have life jackets, while we’re leaving other people to drown without a single life jacket,” a WHO official said.

Yet here we are getting ready to dole them out. How selfish are we?

Another reason: over-vaccination. Because just like with over-using antibiotics to the point where they won’t do anything good for your body, you can over-vaccinate as well. Even the flu shot we get only on a yearly basis, not eight months after we originally get it.

It’s bad enough we don’t know enough about the actual vaccine. But let’s go ahead and give these people boosters.

The fact that the boosters are being pushed, makes me believe that the CDC and other vaccine supporters have lost confidence in the vaccine. As Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and an advisor to the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration, said, “I think we’ve scared people. We sent a terrible message. We just sent a message out there that people who consider themselves fully vaccinated were not fully vaccinated. And that’s the wrong message, because you are protected against serious illness.”

So say people get their boosters. Then months later they come down with Covid. Is that going to leave the CDC scratching their heads? Is it going to make them say, whoa! Everyone needs another booster. And another. And another. When does it stop? Because nobody behind the vaccines seems to know enough about how well these work, or for how long they work or what any long-term effects there may be. This entire vaccine shit has been one litmus test after another. Let’s throw this at the wall and see if it sticks. The left hand really has no clue what the right hand is going.

Which leads me to my other concern: the pending FDA approval of this vaccine, which is rumored to be happening on Monday. That only makes it “official” in the United States. Not the entire world. And I’m sure it’s the final straw they are using to try to get more people vaccinated. But there are a lot of FDA approved vaccinations in this country many people refuse to get. And the Covid-19 vaccine will be one of them. I don’t expect any rushed FDA approval of the vaccine to change many minds that have already been made up for months.

Another concern of mine is being lumped into the unvaccinated category. Are people who refuse boosters going to be taunted and pressured by other vaccinated people, just as they do to people who refuse to get vaccinated? I’m still vaccinated. I just don’t wish to get a booster. Are people who get boosters going to have an issue with that?

Everyone keeps harking on the ways people can keep themselves safe: get a shot and wear a mask. Really the best thing you can do to keep yourself safe from getting Covid is to just stay home. Seriously. If we were all staying home as much this year as we had been last year, we wouldn’t be in half the bad shape we’re in. But we all had to get back to the bars, the restaurants, the traveling, the cruises, the offices which were running just fine with us working from home. Think about it: the less you leave your home, the less likely you’re going to come in contact with Covid. You can get ten million shots and wear three facemasks at once but if you go out, you increase your chances of coming in contact with the virus. At home, not as much.

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I'm a writer. I'm also a wife and a parent who works too much and lives too little. In addition to writing I also love to read, listen to music, travel, cook, I enjoy looking for bargains at flea markets or thrift stores, Christmas, football and of course writing! How did I come up with the title of my blog? Two things: 1. I live in New England (duh) and 2. Canadian singer Alan Frew once arrogantly told me to "get a New England life"--again--DUH! I already HAVE one!