The COVID-19 vaccine was introduced in December 2020 and now the COVID-19 booster shot is officially on the market. There are skeptics about this vaccine booster shot like there were with the introduction of the actual vaccine. Despite this, there has been extensive research done to prove that this booster shot is safe for people to get.
“Data from Israel, which has given nearly 3 million people–mostly 60 and over–a third Pfizer dose, has uncovered no red flags,” said NBC Chicago.
Though it would be beneficial for all fully vaccinated people to get the COVID-19 booster shot to protect themselves, those who are more vulnerable in terms of their immune system, previous health conditions, and working conditions are encouraged to get the booster shot to help fight against COVID-19.
The CDC recommends those who are 65 years and older, residents in “long-term care settings,” those 50-64 years of age with “underlying medical conditions,” those 18-49 years of age with “underlying medical conditions,” and those 18-64 years of age who are “at risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of an occupational or institutional setting” receive the booster shot at least six months after getting the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
If you are someone who works at a restaurant, a grocery store, or in some form of retail, chances are you are coming in contact with hundreds of people every time you work a shift. If this is you, getting a booster shot is definitely in your best interest.
NBC Chicago also reports that the most common symptoms from the COVID-19 booster shot are pain where the vaccine was injected as well as fatigue.
If you’re fully vaccinated, especially if you fit the description of who the CDC recommends, get the booster shot. Keep yourself safe while also keeping others safe.
By Cierra Lemott, Sophomore, Columbia College Chicago
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