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Should people with diabetes get the covid-19 booster shot?

Boosters are recommended for younger and older people at risk for serious diseases such as diabetes.

Posted: Sep 29, 2021 5:21 PM

LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN) - More than 20 million Americans are eligible for Covid-19 booster shots from Pfizer and 40 million more will have access once they're six months past their second shot.

Dr. Britni Hebert says "Anything that puts you t a higher risk for having complication if you get a covid infection qualifies you for this booster shot". 

Those who meet the criteria are now eligible to receive a booster of the Pfizer vaccine to boost their protection against covid-19. but many feel they don't need it.

Demetri Chavis says "I feel like I don't need it I haven't had any covid symptoms like even with taking the covid vaccine I haven't had any symptoms and I honestly feel like it isn't even really necessary in my case the speed and everything that it came out I don't really trust it fully but I had to take it for school so I took the vaccine". 

Boosters are recommended for younger and older people at risk for serious diseases such as diabetes. People with diabetes are 12 times more likely to die from covid-19 than those without the condition.

Dr. Britni Hebert says "Diabetes is absolutely a risk factor for more severe complications for covid and it does qualify you for a booster at this time you do not need to verify that with your doctor you can if you would like but it is a self-attestation which basically says I have a medical condition and any place that has the vaccines will say okay here's your booster". 

Boosters raise the level of protection, but even those who don't get one are well-protected against Covid-19. Alex Karen says he's not excited about it but will do whatever it takes to be protected. 

Alex Karen says "So nine times out of ten I probably would because I already took the other shot but if I wouldn't have taken the shot at all I probably would've left that alone to but being that I did I want to be more protected" 

The CDC data shows the vaccines still offer strong protection against serious illness for all ages, but there is a slight drop among the oldest adults.

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