New Age Groups Eligible to Receive the COVID-19 Booster

On January 5th, 2022 the CDC announced that they now recommend that adolescents, aged 12 to 17 years old, should receive a booster shot for their COVID vaccines, 5 months after their initial vaccinations.

Initially, the CDC only recommended that people from age 18 and up were able to get the booster, but has since expanded its eligibility. The CDC says that receiving the booster increases the effectiveness of the previous vaccinations since it is able to remind the body’s immune system of the virus that it must fight.

“Hopefully, as more people receive the booster, we will see cases decrease. Students who were not eligible for the booster were more susceptible to the virus as their immunity declines,” Mrs. Brecht, biology and AP environmental science teacher at PVHS said.

According to research, it can be noted that as time increases since the second dose of the vaccine, immunity to the virus decreases. When a booster to the series of vaccines was announced, only those 18 and up were eligible to receive it. This left children under 18 years old at a higher risk of contracting the virus. Now that these new age groups are able to receive the booster, more people are able to be protected.

Continued questions and speculations emerge regarding the booster and vaccine in general, but scientific history is able to back up the expediency of the shots.

“The technology being used for the COVID vaccine is not “new,” [as] mRNA vaccines have been studied since the 1990’s and were developed for Ebola. However, there wasn’t a commercial market for this newer technology. The COVID vaccine was developed quickly because all of the previous research had already been done,” Mrs. Brecht said.

PVHS could also be positively affected by this too since all students in the school fit into the age groups that are eligible to receive the booster.

“I think that the new age group being allowed to get the booster will affect the school in a positive way by bringing the COVID cases down,” Kaylie Chomo, a sophomore at PVHS said.