Covid Boosters? Bring Em ... Sez Social
The Delta variant is causing about as much havoc as John Belushi's Delta House. And while we'd all love to put the variant on double secret probation, we're pretty much stuck with it and the same tool box of solutions - masks, social distancing and vaccines.
While Delta is still primarily knocking on the door of the unvaccinated, it is breaking through the vaccinated, leading to calls for a booster shot, at least in the more vulnerable, to bump up the immune response. The FDA was onboard and issued its recommendations for a third Pfizer shot as a booster, only to be narrowed by a CDC advisory group before Dean Wormer, aka CDC head Rochelle Walensky, overruled the advisory group.
So where are we? The CDC has green-lighted the Pfizer booster for Americans 65 and older, nursing home residents, people ages 50 to 64 with underlying medical conditions, and people in high-risk jobs.
So where's social on all of this? Above water with 62% of people in Twitter talking positively about boosters over the last two weeks.
And where are we headed? For those vaccinated, get ready to roll up your sleeves again, and likely again, and again until this mess is behind us. In the meantime, there does appear to be consensus on where the biggest gains can be achieved - getting the unvaccinated onboard.
If it wasn't for the fact that many of the unvaccinated have already procreated, there could have been a Darwinian upside to all of this, however, for those with tin foil hats, Bill Gates microchip-ism, and Don't Tread on Me tattoos, it's time to take one for the team and take the friggin shot.