Covid-19 vaccine boosters continue to stir controversy as most of the world seeks a first dose, not to mention the intense debate over the scientific evidence for their need and timing. Meanwhile, individuals are also grappling with ethical questions. We asked STAT readers if they had qualms about getting an extra dose before others had their first, and whether they thought their individual decisions mattered. A snapshot of the more than 400 survey responses to boosters now versus the rest of the world first:
- “Better in my arm than in the trash.”
- “I do not want to jump the line.”
- “If I don’t take it, it’s not like it’ll be shipped to India.”
- “Do both!”
Late last month, when we invited readers to tell us their thoughts on getting another dose beyond one Johnson & Johnson shot or two doses of Moderna or Pfizer’s mRNA vaccine, U.S. health officials had just recommended extra doses of Covid vaccine following their review of evidence that vaccine protection is waning (a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel meets next week on Pfizer’s booster).