KYW Medical Report: Following science in distributing COVID-19 vaccines

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson leaves number 10 Downing Street
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Prime Minister, Boris Johnson leaves number 10 Downing Street Photo credit Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images
By KYW Newsradio

KYW Newsradio’s Medical Reports are sponsored by Independence Blue Cross.

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The decision in the U.K. to not follow scientific evidence in distributing COVID-19 vaccines could have consequences here in the U.S.

I am worried about the damage that the U.K.'s decision to support delaying or even eliminating a booster will do.

I worry for their citizens, but I also worry about its impact on the virus throughout the world.

By going against scientific evidence, the political leadership there has opened a potential Pandora's box.

Let's face it: many people do not trust vaccines. If someone is uninformed, they might be thinking, "if they only need one shot in the U.K., why do I need a booster shot"?

The problem is that you won't get full protection from the vaccine and you also might have the vaccine wear off more quickly.

If you have been fortunate enough to get the vaccine, get the booster.