Do vaccinated people need a booster shot to protect against variants? Colorado doctors are weighing in and several people have been asking for the opinions of locals.
According to Rene Kesteren who has received the COVID vaccine and wouldn't hesitate to get the booster, "I’m European, so if I wanted to travel to Europe, I needed a vaccine. It was one of the reasons why I did it. Because I travel a lot, I would do it.”
On the other hand, as Pfizer works to get federal approval on a third shot, local Bernard Johnson isn't necessarily on board, "I really don’t want to. I had the second shot already and I’m fine, so I don’t know if I’m going to keep taking shots. I put a lot of consideration in mine, because of age and grandkids, and I want to stick around a little more if I could."
Doctor Michelle Barron, the UCHealth Senior Director of Infection Prevention is keeping a close eye on the research and states, "We know that these are probably not going to last our lifetime, so without question, at some point, we probably will need another shot just like we do with flu or tetanus. With these variants that are circulating, does that impact the efficacy? I think that’s the ongoing debate.”
Michelle also says that UCHealth has a booster plan in place, "It actually wouldn’t be much different than what we’re doing now, we would have you schedule appointments and get it moving. The bigger question would be supply, and right now supply is not a problem."
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