Southeast Health Chief Medical Officer clears up COVID-19 booster confusion

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — In August, President Biden announced by September 20th, every American would be eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot, with that date just a week away, many medical experts are questioning the need for a booster.

According to Dr. George Narby, the Chief Medical Officer at Southeast Health, there is a debate among scientists about whether a third vaccination is useful in reducing the chances of severe illness or not.

If it’s not, is it useful for everyone or just certain individuals like those who are immunocompromised to get the COVID-19 vaccine? He said this debate caused the federal government to delay its decision to begin a third booster dose for COVID-19.

“We have to stand by and watch,” Dr. Narby said. “I think there may be value for a third dose in certain populations, particularly the immunocompromised, and we are already doing that today. Only time will tell.”

Doctor Narby wants to remind the community only those immunocompromised are eligible for a booster shot. He said Southeast Health is currently offering COVID-19 booster vaccines to those people who are immunocompromised at this time.

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