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Boosters for all won’t help unvaccinated

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention agreed with the U.S. government in approving COVID vaccine boosters for all adults last week, and urged all adults over 50 to get them. This approval recognizes the data that has been developing, showing that the vaccines’ effectiveness begins to wane after time. It also recognizes that the vaccine remains the best protection against the COVID-19 virus.

Boosters are a great idea for those who have been vaccinated. What is an even better idea is if people who have not been vaccinated would roll up their sleeves and get their initial vaccinations.

If a significant portion of the population remains unvaccinated, the virus will continue to find people to infect. As it does, it will continue to change and develop new variants.

An AP news report last week indicated that Republicans, who have been fighting masks and vaccination programs as some kind of horrible hobbling of our personal rights, are adopting the idea that natural immunity is the best protection against the COVID-19 virus.

That is an interesting idea, except for the fact that studies done by the CDC has found the vaccine-induced immunity is more effective than natural immunity, the kind that comes from catching and overcoming the disease.

The natural immunity theory also ignores the crucial fact that in order to get immunity, you have to first become infected. How much sense does it make to go out and get the disease you are trying to avoid in order to protect yourself from it?

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