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With the pandemic still going on and not getting all that much better, booster shots have become a hot topic with the possibility of them being released very soon:

CBSNews: Booster shots have now been approved for three new groups: seniors 65 and over, nursing home residents, and adults at least 50 or older with underlying health conditions. The CDC has also approved certain groups of adults to receive a third shot if they work in an area of risk such as health care, prisons, teachers, and grocery workers. New news was released on the specific groups that are eligible to receive a Covid-19 booster shot by the FDA. They were able to amend the emergency use authorization (EUA) for Pfizer’s vaccine as long as these recipients have had their vaccine at least six months prior. Those who are considered to work in high risk occupations and those with underlying health conditions have been bracketed to ages 18-64 as booster eligible. The data that was used to get permission for this emergency use was because the “FDA analyzed safety and immune response data from a subset of participants from the original clinical trial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.” This article by NPR ( is an important one because it goes through common questions asked by everyday people in regards to booster shots. Questions such as who qualifies for or needs one, if their job is one that qualifies them for a shot, and assistance in navigating all of the health officials’ statements. It also answers an important question for many of us in school in regards to the Delta variant and if that means younger vaccinated individuals need a booster soon as well. However, the article states that “there’s plenty of evidence that you don’t need to.” This next article comes from CNN and it relates grealty to the last point made by the NPR article. Not everyone needs a booster shot right now, in fact if you are not apart of the first three groups, it is recommended you wait. The first reason was that it is simply just too soon for most people, which relates to the next two in that there isn’t enough evidence to justify boosters for everyone and researchers and experts would like more data first. Plus, the last and most important reasoning in my opinion, was that they think it’s important to get everyone just vaccinated the first time around rather than rushing out booster shots. Overall, the pandemic is not anywhere close to over. Covid-19 continues to mutate into new variants, meaning more research and data is needed, more vaccines are needed, and a continued effort from all of us is needed. However, on a brighter side, “over 370 million doses have been administered in the U.S.” and billions worldwide. The world’s top scientists are continuing to develop variant resistant vaccinations and health care workers are still putting their life on the line everyday. One of the most important things discussed is the ongoing effort in the world to have equal access to vaccines in all parts of the world.

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