Following the Moderna booster vote, the FDA advisory committee discussed whether everyone over 18 should receive a third COVID-19 vaccine dose.
Many members disagreed with this notion, saying booster shots were unnecessary in healthy young people.
"I worry about this broad use of boosters," Dr. Paul Offit said. He said he is impressed with continued protection from the first two doses and fears a push for a booster shot will "send the wrong message" to people that they are not protected without three doses.
"The people who are in the ICU aren't there because they haven't gotten a third dose," Offit said. "They are there because they haven't gotten any dose."
Dr. Michael Kurilla said younger people seem to be responding well to the first two doses and he doesn't see a need to start a campaign for boosters for everyone who has ever been vaccinated.
But Dr. Peter Marks, the director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said the committee has to think ahead as COVID-19 variants continue to spread.
"We don't know what we don't know," he said.
Marks said winter could be worse, bringing another variant of concern.
"We can't look at the current pandemic curve and call it a day," he added.
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