Leon Co. residents react to second booster shot authorization for those 50 and up
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - President Biden received his second COVID booster shot Wednesday, after the FDA approved a fourth dose of the vaccine for those 50 and older.
This comes as our area is experiencing a low rate of community transmission.
According to the CDC, Leon County’s positivity rate is less than 5%.
Still, many are eager to get a second booster to protect against future surges of the virus.
“You never know what life is gonna throw at you these days,” said 72-year-old Tallahassee resident Freeman Jones.
COVID-19 has indeed thrown a curveball to many Americans. Jones responded by getting vaccinated as soon as possible. She plans to be one of the first in line when the second booster becomes available for her age group.
“I feel like if you need it, get it,” Jones said. “Because it could save your life, your child’s life, your mother’s life.”
Others in this age range have seen how the virus has impacted those around them.
“I have friends that have long haul effects--problems with their lungs and their heart,” Noreen Beattie said. “And if I can avoid that with the booster shot, I absolutely would get that.”
Now that a subvariant of Omicron has become the most common strain in the U.S., many are bracing for another potential surge.
“While we are currently thankfully in a very low point in terms of our cases COVID, it is virtually certain that we will see more cases that there’s going to be another surge,” Daniel Van Durme with FSU’s College of Medicine said. “That’s the way the virus behaves.”
Van Durme said at least one case of that subvariant has been found in Tallahassee, but it’s unclear how widespread it is.
Tanya Tatum with FAMU Health Services said she hopes to see many people taking advantage of the second booster authorization.
“We’re talking about a higher risk population,” Tatum said. “And they’re the ones that really started, when we first started giving the vaccine, they showed up.”
Tatum said she wants to remind people that it takes about two weeks to achieve full immunity from a booster shot, whether it’s your first or second.
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