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Low COVID-19 vaccination participation aligns with low infection rates

LOW NUMBERS. Rates of COVID remain low in Minnesota, as do booster vaccination rates. INFORMATION: Minnesota Department of Heath
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LOW NUMBERS. Rates of COVID remain low in Minnesota, as do booster vaccination rates. INFORMATION: Minnesota Department of Heath

Up-to-date vaccination means that a person has received a vaccine dose for the current year of COVID-19 vaccine, but according to the MN Department of Health, as of Oct. 19, the percentage of people who are up to date in the state of Minnesota is 4.8%.

A large percent of up-to-date recipients are from those that are older than 50, with 16.4% of the 65+ age group being vaccinated. Those in the 12-15 and 16-17 age group each have only 1.3% of the population having received the vaccine this year.

Although the rate of COVID booster vaccines are significantly lower this year and with teens, senior Cooper Olson believes that it is important for students to get vaccinated to protect themselves and the community.

Prioritize getting a booster shot because there’s no reason not to make sure that everybody’s staying safe.

— Cooper Olson

“I think that it’d be good to prioritize getting a booster shot because there’s no reason not to make sure that everybody’s staying safe,” he said.

While it is possible for individuals to get COVID even after receiving the booster, the rate at which this happens is significantly lower once someone is up-todate and symptoms from the illness are milder.

Junior Scarlett Gibson has had COVID in the past, and also recommends that people get the booster to lower the chances of getting andspreading the disease inside and outside of school.

“I think it’s very important as someone who had COVID before,” she said. “Do it for yourself and others around you, or you’ll get sick.”

Booster shots have been proven to help prevent the spread of COVID, as they are formulated to work against new variants. Receiving the vaccine raises antibody levels within people immediately, greatly reducing the likelihood of getting the disease.

More than seven million people have received their COVID-19 booster in the U.S. according to data collected by the US Department of Health and Human Services from October.

Back in 2022, however, 18 million people received the vaccine within six weeks of CDC approval, more than twice the data from 2023. The CDC recommends vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech for everyone six months and older.

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