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Booster Shot Could Prove a New Challenge from Health Officials

August 18th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

After struggling for months to persuade Americans to get the COVID-19 vaccine, U.S. health officials could soon face a fresh challenge: talking vaccinated people into getting booster shots to gain longer-lasting protection as the delta variant sends infections soaring again.  As early as this week, U.S. health authorities are expected to recommend an extra dose of the vaccine for all Americans eight months after they get their second shot. That means the biggest vaccination drive in U.S. history is about to get even more extensive. The move is being driven by both the highly contagious variant and preliminary evidence that the vaccine's protective effect starts dropping within months. Jeff Metz, president and administrator of Egle Nursing and Rehab Center in Lonaconing, discussed the booster shot with WCBC’s “Dave Norman Show” Tuesday. Like the initial COVID-19 vaccines, Metz says he would urge everyone eligible to strongly consider getting the booster shot as soon as it is available to them…