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Vaccine Booster: Is it necessary?

By Alondra Rosas Ornelas | Latinx Flint Media

Community member getting their temperature checked at an event at the Latinx Technology and Community Center. 

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Flint, MI- As of July 9th, 2021, the COVID-19 cases in the state of Michigan are up to 896,067 and 19,801 deaths. There are an average of 672 confirmed cases and 26 deaths every day. Currently, there are 4,496,387 Michigan residents who are vaccinated, which is equivalent to 52.3% of the Michigan population. In Genesee County, 174,335 people are vaccinated, or 50.2% of the population and there have been a total of 33,600 confirmed cases and 907 deaths. 

Flint,MI- With the Delta variant making up 20% of the COVID-19 in the United States, there has been talk about the possibility of needing a third shot to ensure full protection. The CDC and FDA released a joint statement on the vaccine boosters. 

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“People who are fully vaccinated are protected from severe disease and death, including from the variants currently circulating in the country such as Delta, ” says the CDC. “People who are not vaccinated remain at risk.”

According to the released statement, the majority of the COVID-19 deaths are from those who are not vaccinated. The FDA and the CDC say that individuals who are fully vaccinated do not need a booster shot at the moment. This conclusion came from reviewing account laboratory data, clinical trial data, and cohort data. They will continue to review any new data and inform the public if the science shows that a third booster vaccine is necessary. 

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