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Madison County residents ready for Covid-19 booster shots now that eligibility has opened up

On Thursday, the eligibility list expanded for those needing or wanting the Covid booster shots.

Posted: Oct 23, 2021 8:17 PM
Updated: Oct 25, 2021 5:25 PM

With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanding eligibility for Covid-19 vaccine booster shots, people in Madison County are hoping more will get vaccinated.

For those who got the Pfizer or Moderna shots, the list now includes everyone age 65 and up, plus anyone over the age of 18 who lives in a long-term care setting, has underlying medical conditions or lives or works in high-risk settings.

This is all as long as it's been at least six months since they received their second dose.

WAAY-31 spoke to people who are ready for their booster shot. For many, the reason for getting a booster was to protect loved ones who are immunocompromised, or they were themselves. They want to keep everyone safe.

"If I can get something that'll help me fight it, yeah, I'm going to take it," said one man.

"As soon as we heard that there was the potential that we kind of needed boosters, it was like, how fast can we get these boosters?" Suzanne Enoch said.

Both people we spoke with Saturday told us they are almost impatiently waiting to get their boosters — not only for themselves, but for their family and friends.

For those who received the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID shots, there's a booster recommendation. And now the CDC says those who want to can get a booster that's different from their original vaccine.

Enoch said it's almost a civic duty at this point.

"If we can minimize the fallout from this, even one life saved is worth us all making the effort," she said.

As of Saturday morning, there have been a little more than 8,000 deaths this year from Covid-19 in Alabama. Enoch and others don't want to be added to that list.

"I want to live. I don't want to die because of COVID," said one man.

Health care professionals are urging everyone to roll up their sleeves and get the shot. They say the vaccine has been proven to reduce the risk of suffering severe complications, hospitalization and even death from the disease.

To find out more on the booster shots and what the CDC is recommending, click here.

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