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USC students share different ideas about COVID-19 booster shot

Some like the extra protection, others think it should not be a priority.

Booster shots for COVID-19 vaccines could begin to be available to all fully vaccinated Americans soon. James Li takes a look at how USC students feel about getting yet another shot.

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A COVID booster shot is an additional dose of a vaccine. Public health experts say protection provided by the original vaccine can decrease over time. Individuals will be eligible for a booster shot starting eight months after their second dose of an mRNA vaccine. The safety and effectiveness of a booster dose of the mRNA vaccines are still under evaluation by FDA and CDC.

Peter Henry, a public diplomacy major, says the booster shot is a good thing.

PETER HENRY: I mean, we are here on campus now. We have lots of classes in person. You know, there’s been a lot of like breakthrough transmissions. I mean, most of the population here is vaccinated, but there’s still a lot of cases, so I think anything that can increase, like people’s immunity to the disease, like reduce breakthrough transmissions and reduce community spread, I think it’s great.

Even though he got some side effects from the first two doses of the vaccine, Henry says he would gladly do it again.

HENRY: Given like the circumstances with the pandemic, like one day I’m feeling sick is like nothing compared to like... if I can do my part in reducing community transmission, I would gladly do that.

However, on the other side, some students feel a bit skeptical about it and hesitate about whether they should get a booster shot. Mary Ahn, a journalism major, says if a booster shot has a bad effect on people, then she probably won’t get it. She also wants to make sure that there is enough of the original vaccine to go around.

MARY AHN: But if it was clear that making a booster vaccine was a strain on the general distribution of the original vaccine, then probably not, you know, because I don’t want to further that issue.

Whether students are in favor of or against the booster shot, it is coming soon and will be available for them.

From Annenberg Media, I’m James Li.