Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Going For #3

This is from last Friday, but it’s still news.

Millions of Americans vaccinated against the coronavirus have the green light to get a booster dose — a shot aimed at fortifying their defenses against a highly transmissible variant that ignited a fourth deadly wave of illness.

The actions this week of two of the nation’s major health agencies open the newest chapter in the 18-month campaign to stop the coronavirus but not without tensions.

In a rare move, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky late Thursday overruled her agency’s advisory panel and added a recommendation for boosters for people whose jobs put them at risk of infection.

The advisory panel had made a recommendation that largely mirrored an authorization issued a day earlier by the Food and Drug Administration, with a call for a third shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for people 65 and older, nursing home residents and people 50 to 64 with underlying medical conditions six months after completing their second shot.

The panel also said younger people, 18 to 49 years old with underlying medical conditions, may assess their own risk and choose to get a booster if they want one.

Some staff at my school who are not over 65 have already gotten their third shot because of working with children. And I’m getting mine this afternoon. I too work in an environment with children and a lot of other people. I’m also going to visit my mom in a couple of weeks and want to protect her, and I wanted to get it before Mitch McConnell shuts down the government.

Here in Miami, signing up for it was pretty simple. I googled my nearest CVS, filled out the online form, and got an appointment. I’ll let you know how it goes.


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