Bloomberg Law
April 11, 2022, 9:00 AMUpdated: April 11, 2022, 2:27 PM

Covid Booster Costs Spur Calls to Shift From Free Jabs for All (1)

Celine Castronuovo
Celine Castronuovo

The U.S. government’s Covid-19 vaccine funding may have to shift from a model of free shots for all to one in which the government only subsidizes boosters for targeted populations, public health analysts say.

Annual Covid-19 boosters for all Americans, tailored to the prevalent virus strain, would cost billions of dollars each year and may not be the most sustainable and effective path in responding to future variants. Analysts say reserving booster recommendations to those most at risk would be more cost-effective.

“Given the much greater expense of Covid boosters compared to flu shots and the time needed to revise ...

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