“The data out of Israel is pretty compelling for people over 60,” he said. “When people got that second booster shot four months after their first booster, what we saw was a substantial reduction, not just in infections, but in deaths. So I think people over 60 should be getting it.”
The Israel study did not provide data on the effectiveness of a second booster in people younger than 60. Israel authorized a fourth dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for those 60 and older, and for other high-risk populations, in January.
In a separate appearance on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” Dr. Jha said that a second booster shot for Americans between the ages of 50 and 59 “is a much closer call.” People in that age group should consult a physician before getting a second booster, he said.
“Fifty to 59, you’re eligible,” he said, noting that whether to get a second booster depends on a person’s risk profile.
“But for me, based on the data, 60 and above, I think it’s very reasonable,” he said. “This is what I’ve recommended to my elderly parents, and that’s what I think people should do.”