The FDA advisory committee on Friday rules that individuals older than 65, and those with immunocompromised or comorbidity conditions, are allowed to get a third booster shot of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. The ruling came after mounting evidence showing that individuals in those groups were not receiving the same level of antibodies relative to the general population. While it is good news that individuals in those groups will be receiving a more complete immunity profile, it still drags away from the global vaccination campaign, where less than half of the world has been vaccinated.
Plus, we took a deep dive look at the history of vaccine mandates in the U.S. Many people do not realize that vaccine mandates in the U.S. go back to the Revolutionary War, where George Washington had his soldiers immunized from smallpox. The seminole case in a vaccine mandate debate came with Jacobson v. Massachusetts, where an individual refused to get vaccinated in the midsts of a smallpox outbreak in the state. Ultimately, the Supreme Court ruled that individuals should not compromise the well-being of the social compact (health, well-being, and prosperity of others) based on their own individual choices. The parallels from that court case to today are eerily similar, showing that once more history does tend to repeat itself.