Refusing your booster vaccine won’t help poorer countries

In response to Christopher Cheetham’s letter (21 九月), I do not wish to disparage his sentiment of promoting the international availability of vaccines, but I must disagree with his proposed action. Refusing a Covid booster in the UK is not the way to increase the availability of vaccines in the world. Such action will only lead to wasted doses. Furthermore, an undervaccinated population will put an increasing strain on the NHS, and places our physically nearest and dearest at greater risk. Greater production of vaccines and their coordinated distribution internationally has to be a better answer.
Dr Stephen Mullin
Consultant clinical neuropsychologist

Declining a booster could lead to vaccines being wasted rather than sent overseas. 一世, and many others, would be happy to donate our boosters if tests showed we didn’t need it, 根据研究 Imperial College. Without this, my inclination is to have the booster to protect my own and others’ health, and reduce the demands on the NHS. 反而, people could donate to one of the organisations involved in Covax (例如, Unicef 或者 Vaccinaid) and campaign for the government to do more. The petition 这里 might be a start: .
Marilyn Howard
Gloucester

What about those of us who are extremely vulnerable? I still won’t leave the house alone except for medical appointments due to anxiety about contracting Covid. Although I have had both injections, I have been told I may not survive if I do contract it. So I will be accepting my booster, as some protection is better than none. I do not feel I am being selfish for trying to keep myself alive.
Tina Foster
Shipley, 西约克

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