Those with health conditions that classify them as immunocompromised have another line of defense for fighting off the COVID-19 virus: another booster shot. The CDC authorized the third dose back in August. This dose was intended to be distributed to those who are immunocompromised. This fourth dose is being distributed to serve the same purpose.
Vaccines don’t work the same for those with compromised immune systems as it does for those without compromised immune systems. This is why additional doses and booster shots are recommended for immunocompromised people.
According to CNN Health, about 9 million people in the United States fall into the category of “immunocompromised” and should get this fourth COVID shot. “At this time, the CDC does not have a recommendation about the fourth shot. People should talk to their doctors to determine if it is necessary, the CDC says,” according to CNN Health.
It’s clear that the goal is to lower the number of COVID-19 cases as much as possible. What’s not clear is if these efforts will be enough to eliminate COVID-19 entirely, especially as new variants are frequently appearing.
“The virus is becoming more advanced and the current vaccine isn’t made to give immunity from the virus, especially not the delta variant,” said Montala Carruthers, a sophomore at the University of Iowa.
There are still many on the fence about whether getting the vaccine is the right choice, but as time goes on, more and more people are choosing to be vaccinated. It is even becoming required that you’re vaccinated to go to establishments such as schools and jobs.
“As time goes on, the population will adapt and the COVID vaccine will become regular and an annual thing such as the flu shot,” said Shamia Johnson, a freshman at FAMU.
By being vaccinated, you’re giving yourself a layer of protection for fighting against the COVID-19 virus. By getting the booster shots, you’re protecting yourself even more by introducing extra protection. In addition to being vaccinated, it is still recommended by the CDC to wash and sanitize your hands often and wear masks and face-covering when social distancing can’t be practiced. Keep yourself and others safe by following CDC recommendations.
By Cierra Lemott, Sophomore, Columbia College Chicago
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