STUDENT COMMENTARY: Why You Should Get Your Booster Shot

Jackson Williams

With a new strain of COVID-19 occurring frequently, it seems tedious and annoying to get another shot, but getting a booster shot is particularly important to fight the Omicron Variant. With the FDA and CDC making quick arrangements so everyone can get the booster, there is little reason to not get the COVID-19 vaccine. 

There are a confirmed 836,603 deaths from Coronavirus, and around 60 million confirmed cases. These numbers are still on the rise with the recent rise of a new strain of COVID, the Omicron variant. The CDC has stated that the Omicron variant can break through the vaccine and is a more deadly version of the SARS virus. The current administration is suggesting the continuation of mask wearing in public, as well as social distancing, one of the most vital suggestions is to get your booster shot for the newest variant.

Janet Woodcock, the FDA Commissioner says, “With the current wave of the Omicron variant, it’s critical that we continue to take effective, life-saving preventative measures such as primary vaccination and boosters, mask-wearing and social distancing in order to effectively fight COVID-19.” 

I wholeheartedly agree. You should receive the primary vaccine as it seems to be one of the fewer things stopping Coronavirus. Regardless of your political stance, the vaccine could save your life and others around you. There is a general lack of safety that comes with not getting your booster, as well as a sad belief that not getting one proves something about yourself. COVID-19 does not care what your political affiliation is, and it will hurt you regardless.

Getting your primary vaccine is a wise and informed decision to make. Getting your secondary shot is also a smart idea as it will further prevent the Omicron from infecting your body. We are all tired of wearing masks and social distancing, but if we want things to return to normal, both will have to be put up with for an uncertain amount of time. The CDC and FDA have now approved the third shot for everyone 16 and up, and the FDA has approved 12-15 to get the third shot, and the younger demographic is now waiting for the approval of the CDC.  

You should get the vaccine’s booster because its protection will allow for greater freedom in the future, and it is just a small sacrifice for everyone’s safety, as well as for your own.