Medical experts insist the COVID-19 pandemic is being fueled by the unvaccinated and say an additional vaccine dose will be the country’s best defense, as preliminary studies suggest protection against serious illness has dropped among those who were the first to be vaccinated against the disease.
Dr. Perry Halkitis, dean of the Rutgers University School of Public Health, said that a booster shot is expected to be available to the general public this fall.
Children under 12 are still ineligible for the vaccine. Halkitis said he is concerned, especially about children returning to school. “We know that the rates of infection are going up amongst children,” he said.