DR T are you saying that there is benefit in a 4th shot based on the same formulation? I only ask because half of my dr friends didn’t even get a 3rd, and most have no intention of getting a 4th (all under 50 so we’re clear), so I’m curious. It’s based on their actions/thoughts and discussions we’ve had that is precluding me from getting another booster. That at I think given how Ontario has used my body as a science experiment it’ll be the Chinese or Russian one!
It's all about probabilities. Think of it like insurance. The benefits depend on 1- your age and health, especially risks for severe disease if COVID infected 2- the degree of circulating virus in your area, including community, work, lifestyle. The US has a horrific record of vaccination, infections, hospitalizations, and deaths, that is shameful for a top shelf world power, for a number of reasons. There are essentially no risks. Nonscientific bias aside, the presence of antibodies against the virus, while transient, acts to shorten the interval where the virus successfully infects and proliferates. This is noteworthy since longer times lead to spread of disease to others, new mutations, and thereby viral persistence [population concerns], a host of economic disasters our country will undergo the next decade from debt, to loss of health care personnel, to political and more widespread mistrust of science. On a personal level, this leads to severe responses that lead to Cytokine Storm, myocarditis, clotting and other disorders and death. If you have had omicron and a recent booster, are young, healthy, and work from home, and don't live with grandma, there is less need for another booster. Yes the vaccines are made to respond to older viral versions, but there is still benefit And, unlike most insurance, the vaccine is free. So there is benefit for most of us.