As we get into the winter months, we will be spending more time inside.  It will be flu season, and people are still testing positive for COVID-19.  Certainly not in the large numbers we had before, but there are new variants that appear to be more contagious. If you plan to do any traveling or spending time with family and want to be a little safer, you may want to get your booster before Halloween.

The White House on Tuesday said eligible Americans should get the updated COVID-19 boosters by Halloween to have maximum protection against the coronavirus by Thanksgiving and the holidays, as it warned of a "challenging" virus season ahead.

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I realize that people may be choosing to get vaccinated or not be vaccinated for a number of reasons.  We have seen many people test positive despite getting vaccinated.  Most of them however haven't ended up in the hospital, and the symptoms haven't been as extreme.  More than 330 people die on average each day of COVID-19, according to CDC data, with the U.S. death toll standing at over 1.05 million.

Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House COVID-19 coordinator passed along that the US has the tools to fight serious illness and possible death from this virus.  They are encouraging American to do their part.  You can read more HERE.

I have been fortunate so far to avoid getting COVID.  Some of my colleagues haven't been so lucky.  Those who were vaccinated had mild symptoms and returned to work quicker than others.  Being immune-compromised myself, I have chosen to get vaccinated and boosted, and I will be getting my latest booster soon.  They are free and virtually painless.  Could I still get COVID? Yes, it is possible.  We will all probably have to just learn to live with it.  So why not take a chance and get the shot for a little extra protection.  It certainly can't hurt.  Stay safe out there!

Answers to 25 common COVID-19 vaccine questions

Vaccinations for COVID-19 began being administered in the U.S. on Dec. 14, 2020. The quick rollout came a little more than a year after the virus was first identified in November 2019. The impressive speed with which vaccines were developed has also left a lot of people with a lot of questions. The questions range from the practical—how will I get vaccinated?—to the scientific—how do these vaccines even work?

Keep reading to discover answers to 25 common COVID-19 vaccine questions.

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