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CDC Recommends COVID-19 Booster Shots, Mask Mandate Returns

Doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are readied for use.

(Indiana University Health)

Noon Edition airs on Fridays at noon on WFIU.

The Centers for Disease Control recommended last week COVID-19 booster shots for people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised.  These people may not build up the same level of protection from their first two doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and are at a higher risk for breakthrough infection.

The booster shot is recommended at least 28 days after the second dose.  

While no vaccine is 100 percent effective, the Kaiser Family Foundation reported breakthrough cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are extremely rare events among those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The State of Indiana reports breakthrough cases on a weekly basis. As of yesterday, more than 3,000,000 Hoosiers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and just under 10,000 of them experienced a breakthrough case. Less than 0.009 percent of them were hospitalized.

This week, we're talking with two doctors and a county health department administrator about COVID-19 vaccines, booster shots, and the return of mask mandates.

You can follow us on Twitter @NoonEdition or join us on the air by calling in at 812-855-0811 or toll-free at 1-877-285-9348. You can also send us questions for the show at news@indianapublicmedia.org.

Note-This week of our guests and hosts will participate remotely to avoid risk of spreading infection. 

Guests

Dr. Aaron Carroll, Chief Health Officer, Indiana University

Dr. Dr. Tom Hrisomalos, infectious disease specialist, Indiana University Health

Penny Caudill, Health Administrator, Monroe County Health Department

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