Is the COVID-19 vaccine and booster shot worth the risk? Here’s what to consider


Haley Blakemore

This graphic was made in Canva by Haley Blakemore.

Many people think that if they have the vaccine, their immunity will last. However, the CDC website states, “This reduction in protection has led the CDC to recommend certain groups get a booster shot at least six months after completing their initial vaccination series.” Now, they are informing the public to take boosters, but it is being pushed more for older adults and the immune compromised. With the vaccine not completely effective and with rising numbers, this booster should be pushed for young adults.

This is why Govenor Jim Justice is pushing for a booster. West Virginians who qualify for a shot among young adults are specifically anyone who has had the Pfizer vaccine, and has had it for at least six months. You can bring your vaccination card to Walgreens to get a booster shot.

I asked a friend, Timothy Adams, his opinion on vaccines as a whole. Adams stated, “Why would they push people so much to give out this vaccine? They have prizes to push people to get it. There is not enough scientific study for this vaccine compared to past vaccines. It is not reliable. People in the medical field are taking off because they refused to give it. One doctor I know retired and said he refused to give it because it was a ‘fake cocktail’.”

The vaccine may be sketchy to some, but the FDA approves of it. It has side effects like past vaccines.. If you haven’t gotten a vaccine, you should consider checking all side-effects and get some other peoples perspectives before making a final decision.

Taylor Martie, a broadcasting major, said, “I got my vaccine back in late June and my second shot was in July. I got the Pfizer shot. I just recently got COVID-19. I have a stuffy nose and a lot of mucus but that’s really it. When my friend got tested positive for it and I was close with her before then. I still see it (vaccines) as the same as before. It can help you whether you like it or not. If people want them, they can get them for extra safety. If others don’t want it that’s okay too. Be sure to drink lots of water, have a lot of tissues if you are having a stuffy nose and have lots of rest.”

Another WLU student, Caitlin Reynolds said, “I got the vaccine last year towards the end of school and I got Pfizer. I just recently contracted COVID. I have congestion, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste and smell. The one that shocked me was the cravings and bloodshot eyes. I’ve been craving a lot of sweets but I don’t know if that’s from COVID. I realized I had it when my mom and I went to Med Express on Sunday and we took a test because we were both coughing. The next thing I knew, I tested positive and she tested negative. I still think you should get the vaccine because I feel without it, I would have been in rough [worse] shape than what I am now.”

If the immunity is gone after six months, a booster shot is the next step for people looking not to get sick. It is FDA approved. YaleMedicine states, “In granting the EUA for a Pfizer booster, the FDA says it analyzed safety data from the vaccine’s original clinical trial as well as real-world data on its efficacy over time from sources including Pfizer, the CDC, United Kingdom, and Israel.”

For more information on if you are eligible for a booster shot go to, Who Is Eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot? | CDC.