Editorial: Get boosted!

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With the colder months coming, prevalence of respiratory illnesses and viruses is on the rise. It’s more important now than ever to make sure to get vaccinated. Photo by CDC on Unsplash.

The weather is changing, and it’s finally starting to feel like fall. With the colder months comes an increased prevalence of colds, flus and other respiratory illnesses according to Johns Hopkins Medicine, a fact most University of Connecticut students are far too familiar with. Thus, it is especially important this semester for the UConn student body to take the necessary precautions in preventing illness, including getting their bivalent COVID-19 booster and annual flu shot.  

As of Aug. 31, 2022 the FDA has approved bivalent formulations of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 18 years of age and older, and of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 12 years of age and older. According to the FDA website, a bivalent COVID-19 vaccine “includes a component of the original virus strain to provide broad protection against COVID-19 and a component of the omicron variant to provide better protection against COVID-19 caused by the omicron variant.”  

Preventing illness should be a shared goal of the UConn community and vaccines are one way to do this. Especially regarding COVID-19 – The Editorial Board has previously discussed the university’s lacking protocols and precautions – getting an additional vaccine this fall will contribute to the collective effort of maintaining health on campus. With no masking or physical distancing precautions in place, a bivalent booster is necessary this winter to protect one’s own health and the health of those around them. It’s incredibly easy to use the VaccineFinder website to set a vaccine appointment near you, and appointments take less than half an hour in the first place.  

And of course, it is important to remember there are still illnesses other than COVID-19 – flu season is here and remains a threat to the overall health of the UConn community. However, it is easier than ever for students at the Storrs campus to get their flu shot and help prevent serious illness. Student Health and Wellness is providing free flu vaccinations in the Rome Commons Community Room on select days throughout the fall semester. Appointments are encouraged but not required, and students only need to bring their UConn student I.D. with them. The Editorial Board encourages students to show support for beneficial Student Health and Wellness programs such as this one while also protecting themselves and their surrounding community from severe illness.  

A bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccine and a flu shot are two of the simplest and most effective ways UConn students can protect themselves and the greater community from illness this winter. Preventative measures make campus a safer environment for all, so do your part, and get your shots!  

3 COMMENTS

  1. Now, the “editorial board” gives medical advice?! Where’s your research to justify your ‘opinions’?
    Have you reviewed the data FDA and CDC fought attorney Aaron Siri (for over a year) to shield from the sunshine of public scrutiny and would have kept secret for 75 years but for a court ultimately forcing the government to disclose it? You didn’t do any journalism to report facts or even pretend to write anything that resembles truth. Your conclusory opinions appear completely devoid of critical thinking. As a formerly proud UCONN alum and USG student senator, I’m saddened to see the depths the Daily Campus has sunk.

    • I agree with Alum ’90. I feel terribly disappointed seeing articles like this. I do not know if Alum ’90 would agree with me, but attitudes towards those who do not wish to get their booster are ill-informed yet extreme. It is one thing to hold an opinion, but it is another to release an article such as this under the Editorial Board. Good Journalism is a examination of the facts…not article headlines and summaries.

  2. And from the beginning it appears CDC, FDA, NIH, and other revolving door agencies, with the support of corrupt politicians, their donors, and the big $$$$ behind the donors ALL employed fiction and fear to fraudulently take billions and billions from citizens worldwide.

    When serious doctors, scientists, critical thinkers raised questions they censored, attacked and labeled them “antivax” while simultaneously employing ‘clever’ (sarcasm) slogans like “trust science”.

    “You’re not supposed to ‘trust science’.

    You’re supposed to question science. That’s how science works.

    It’s not a religion. I don’t have to trust that a scientist is telling me the truth. There’s supposed to be data. And it’s supposed to be peer reviewed. And you’re supposed to vigorously question the data. That’s how science works.

    Science doesn’t work by not questioning it. Otherwise we’d still be thinking about gravity the way Newton did as opposed to the way Einstein did.

    I guess some people think Einstein was ‘anti science’ because he didn’t just “trust” Newton had it right.”
    ~Jimmy Dore

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