Should you receive a COVID reminder? Experts say yes

CDC says people over 50 should be reminded

A vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at an pop-up vaccination clinic in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo / Rick Bowmer, file)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – There was a long line of parents bringing their youngest children for a COVID vaccine to David Douglas High School at a clinic run by Multnomah County on Monday. But now that booster shots are approved for everyone over the age of 18, you might be wondering if you should get one now.

The CDC now says people over 50 should be given a booster because immunity wanes over time. But they also said those under 50 can get a booster.

Dr Bill Messer, infectious disease expert at OHSU, told KOIN 6 News that a younger person’s immunity may be stronger than that of an older person and they can wait. But the risk of a rupture event is higher without the recall.

Messer also supports the idea that a booster of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine is a good idea.

Pfizer said on Monday that its vaccine was 100% effective in protecting children ages 12 to 15, based on a study of more than 2,000 people in that age group. It is also 90% effective for children aged 5 to 11.

As for Thanksgiving, Dr Anthony Fauci said if your guests are vaccinated go ahead and have a great day.

“If you are vaccinated, and I hope you are also boosted, and your family is too, you will be able to enjoy a typical Thanksgiving,” indoors and without masks, said the chief medical adviser of White House Dr. Anthony Fauci on ABC’s “This Week.”

But, added Fauci, “What concerns us are the people who are not vaccinated.”

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