Battle to the Boost

How the booster vaccine will give protection against COVID-19


Monica Martinez, Editor-In-Chief

In March of 2020, the world momentarily froze. A virus from overseas had been recognized in the United States and was spreading rapidly. At first, it was nothing more than an extended spring break, then it snowballed into the rest of the school year, the summer, and then an entire year. Vaccines became available in August of 2021, which at the time, felt like the end of what had been a year through a global pandemic. Now, almost three years later booster vaccines are available as additional protection against COVID-19. 

With the Omicron variant on the rise, the rate of infection is increasing, but getting a booster vaccine significantly limits the infection of COVID-19. Anyone 12 and older is eligible for the booster vaccine if it’s been five months since you received your second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 

To schedule your booster shot, contact the location you received your previous vaccinations. If you still need to receive your first two COVID-19 vaccines you can schedule an appointment. Austin public health, Walgreens, Walmart, and CVS are a few places where you can receive your COVID vaccines, but be sure to book an appointment online by going to their websites (linked above). These websites do require you to create an account to book an appointment so an email address is needed. There are a number of vaccine clinics in Austin and you can explore those options on VaxTogetherAustin, a website where you can sign up for a vaccine clinic near you. Explore the options for vaccine clinics on their homepage to find a location that meets your needs. 

Masks are still effective in the fight against COVID-19 and should be worn properly even if you are vaccinated if you want to be the best protected against this deadly virus. Although there seems to be no end in sight for this pandemic, protecting yourself and caring for others is key to limiting the spread of COVID-19.