The health council in the Netherlands (where I'm currently based) has recommended today only giving booster shots to the severely immunocompromised, i.e. not ibd patients.
They're operating a "wait and see" approach in the rest of the community- if immunity appears to be waning then they'll deploy boosters.
I have mixed feelings about this. I would like more vaccines to get out to the lower income nations over unnecessary boosters. But also a bit nervous that they will only boost *after* more people are dying and hospitalized. I guess those are the kind of decisions they have to make when there is limited evidence how long the vaccines protect people for.
Well the Netherlands has almost 80% of their population fully vaccinated so they are right around theoretical herd immunity numbers so immunocompromised and medically fragile individuals should have some safety from the virus and it’s out of control spread.
If America was around that number then I probably wouldn’t have gotten a booster shot but we’re only around 55%.
I think the math is that the best al
location of the vaccines is to get to heard immunity, it’s a better investment than giving people boosters who might need them. The goal is to get to herd immunity so everyone has some protection.