As another healthcare measure in this seemingly endless virus conflict, the booster shot was just okayed last week as the next step of the fight in the trenches or in this case, jabs in the arm.
Right now, those eligible are fully-vaxxed Pfizer recipients, 65 years old or older, 18 years old or older and at high risk for severe COVID-19, or if you work or live in a situation that puts you at high risk for severe COVID-19, like for example, health care workers, teachers, and people in prisons and homeless shelters.
Go here if you don’t know about yourself of somebody else — could be worth it.
In the fight against the COVID pandemic understanding/comprehending shit shifts as time progresses — in the beginning, Anthony Fauci didn’t tout masks, now he does way-religiously — apparently, the same notion with boosters, as in the spring many experts reported there wasn’t a likely need of a booster if a person was fully vaxxed.
Now boosters are part of the current plan (ABC News this morning):
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said she stands by her decision to overrule her agency’s independent advisory panel by adding a recommendation for people considered high risk due to where they work to get a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
“This scientific process goes from an advisory committee at the FDA, to the authorization of the FDA, to an advisory committee at the CDC and then recommendations from the CDC. It’s a very transparent, scientific, public process and I listened intently,” Walensky told ABC News’ Whit Johnson in an interview Monday on “Good Morning America.”
“I fully endorsed the recommendations from the CDC advisory committee for boosters for those over the age of 65, as well as for those with underlying conditions,” she continued.
“And then I also endorsed — in full alignment with the FDA and many people at the CDC — for boosters for people with high risk exposures, like those who work in occupational settings or in group settings or live in group settings, and I felt after listening to all of the science that that was actually the best move for public health.”
And this afternoon more than six months after his second vaccine shot, Joe Biden was booster-jabbed:
President Biden takes questions from reporters while getting his Covid vaccine booster shot. Doesn't even flinch. pic.twitter.com/lJmVqa78sC
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 27, 2021
Biden was casual, taking the booster-jab in public:
President Biden, who received his initial doses of coronavirus vaccine on camera, received his booster shot on camera, too, and in front of reporters, on Monday afternoon.
“Now, I know it doesn’t look like it, but I am over 65 — way over,” 78-year-old Biden quipped.
“And that’s why I’m getting my booster shot today.”
“Let me be clear. Boosters are important, but the most important thing we need to do is get more people vaccinated,” the president said.
Biden also made pointed remarks about the unvaccinated, saying about 23-percent of adults in the United States haven’t gotten any shots.
“That distinct minority is causing an awful lot of damage for the rest of the country,” he said.
The president, who received his second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine Jan. 11 as president-elect, said as he rolled up his sleeve Monday for the booster that he had not experienced any side effects after his initial doses.
Booster increases protection — WebMD last Friday:
“Basically, boosters are exactly what the word says,” according to Anita Gupta, DO, an adjunct assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine and pain medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
“Boosters allow people to have an increased immune response.”
The extra dose of vaccine is especially important for the elderly and people with weakened immune systems from conditions like cancer, diabetes, or obesity, due to new variants being discovered, says Gupta.
“There’s a possibility that the immune response from the two-dose vaccine series may not be enough, especially in individuals who would be particularly vulnerable.
“So, the goal is really to help those individuals if they potentially were faced with new variants and to ensure that they don’t have any poor immune response if they’re faced with it.”
I’ll make an appointment this week for my booster jab. I’m at six months of my second shot in a couple of weeks (and I’m over 65), so I’m going to get prepared — science and scary shit combined with a semblance of sense.
Even so and once again, here we are…