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Plenty of time to get a COVID Booster Shot before the holidays – CBS Boston

WATERTOWN (CBS) – In Watertown on Wednesday night, the wait for a COVID-19 shot dragged on for more than an hour. At Watertown Middle School, most patients are children who receive a second dose of the vaccine. But many adults were also there for the booster shot.

“At first, we were skeptical about whether we needed [the booster] or not?” Watertown’s Huguenf Alexis explained, “But once we heard there was another variation there, there was no chance.”

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Pfizer announced Wednesday that the third dose of its vaccine appears to provide protection against the new variant of Omicron. “As expected, the antibody level did reduce the activity against Omicron, but it did not drop to zero and those who had the third shot had the best chance of having antibody activity against Omicron.” Dr. Paul Sax, infectious disease specialist at Brigham and Women’s explains.

Add to that the fact that the booster dose seems to take effect more quickly than the original series, and that’s the impetus for a boost before the holiday season, he said.

“It occurs because our immune systems have been trained from the first shots, the antibody response to the third or booster shot is quicker even after the shot,” explains Sax. second shot, that’s good news.” “It means you start getting protection almost immediately within a few days. Now I think people should still wait two weeks before they consider themselves fully boosted but it happens faster, which is good. ”

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Parents in Watertown told WBZ they hope that fully vaccinated children and boosted adults will make sense for a safe, normal Christmas season.

“It’s still a bit stressful traveling with three kids, one of them unvaccinated, but it makes things a little easier because there are so many other factors that you can’t control so at least We can control vaccinations.” Nicole O’Hern said.

“We can see the family! Last year, we stayed at home and stayed local,” says Huguenf Alexis. “This year, we feel like we can see family, maybe have a party.”

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Massachusetts residents can use vaxfinder.mass.gov to find the full list of locations to get boosters.

https://boston.cbslocal.com/2021/12/08/covid-booster-shot-holidays-omicron/ Plenty of time to get a COVID Booster Shot before the holidays – CBS Boston

JOE HERNANDEZ

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