COVID-19 booster information and where to get it

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The coronavirus pandemic is about to hit two years, but there are ways to continue slowing the spread.

According to a First Presidency message sent to Church members on Aug. 12, 2021, “We know that protection from the diseases they cause can only be achieved by immunizing a very high percentage of the population.”

They also advise people to receive the vaccine and continue wearing masks when social distancing isn’t possible.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are the preferred ones, Johnson and Johnson is only received in certain circumstances.

The Pfizer booster is recommended for everyone 12 and up at least 5 months after the initial vaccination series.

The Moderna booster is recommended to those 18 and up at least 5 months after the initial vaccine series.

Those who received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine should get a booster if they are 18 and older and have received the vaccine at least 2 months ago. For the booster, individuals can get the Pfizer or Moderna no matter what vaccine they initially received.

Walgreens and The Medicine Shoppe are two places in Rexburg to receive a COVID-19 booster. Visit vaccine.org to find other vaccine locations near you.

BYU-I continues to keep track of the active COVID-19 cases. The webpage allows students and employees to self-report to help with accuracy. It also gives COVID-19 updates and shares testing and vaccine information.

Helena Clowsley, a junior studying English, chose to get the booster shot for a couple reasons. She was traveling for Christmas and her sister has epilepsy. She still got COVID-19 after returning to Rexburg.

“I don’t regret the booster because at least … I believe I protected my family,” Clowsley said.

According to the BYU-Idaho website, the current COVID-19 protocol requires individuals to wear masks while in classrooms, the Fitness Center, Health Center and whenever a large gathering takes place. It is also encouraged that everyone gets vaccinated to help reduce the spread and protect others.

Caroline Urbanawiz, a junior studying art, was taking a biostatistics class when the pandemic began. The knowledge she gained from that class guided her with her research about COVID-19 and the vaccine. Along with her personal research, she looked to those in the medical field with greater understanding to help guide her.

“Personally after studying how this vaccine works, I feel safer with it than other past vaccines,” Urbanawiz stated.

Urbanawiz had COVID-19 in August and November of 2020. The first time was mild, but the second time she describes as a “nightmare.” The booster shot was important to her because she dealt with cardiac issues from her second round of COVID-19, and she wasn’t sure her body would be able to handle that again.

The BYU-I website shares sources to help individuals make an informed choice in regards to receiving the vaccine and booster. A few of the sources include the CDC website and a large vaccine safety study.