As experts debate boosters, vaccinated people are calling their own shots

The Biden administration’s booster plan includes everyone 18 and older, even though younger people are much less likely to have severe illness. Boosters are “not unreasonable” for some groups of people, such as those who are immunocompromised, “but for younger people, it’s extraordinarily strange,” said William Hanage, an epidemiologist at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. “If you have somebody who is 85 percent protected from hospitalization and increase that to 90 percent, that’s not actually a large benefit.”

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