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Why nobody is having the Covid booster jab

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The Covid-19 vaccine rollout was hailed as a major public health triumph—and yet only a tiny minority of the vaccinated have lined up for their booster shots.

Only around 20 percent of the eligible population has had its booster—and most didn’t because they still got infected, despite being vaccinated, and felt this offered better protection, say researchers from the University of Arizona Health Sciences.

Worries about vaccine side effects were the second main reason for foregoing the booster, and was cited by 31 percent of a group surveyed by the researchers.  Others felt the booster wasn’t necessary and wouldn’t give any more protection than the original shot, and around 23 percent of participants didn’t believe the vaccine worked anyway—and as most said they caught the virus after being vaccinated, they may have a point.

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References
Vaccine, 2023; 41: 6221-6
Article Topics: Covid, Covid vaccine
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