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Athens News Matters: COVID-19 Booster Shots - What do you Need to Know?

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Conflicting and confusing information about booster shots - who can get them and when -- continues to hamper the effort to control Covid-19.

On October 29, 2021, the FDA authorized emergency use of pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11 years old. Additionally, an FDA official states authorizing booster shots for all vaccinated adults is a high priority.

With children in particular, there is always some level of vaccine hesitancy.

Dr. Ashley Hannings professor at The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy joins Chris Shupe to clarify what you need to know about boosters, as well as whether parents should delay vaccination for their children.

Chris Shupe began work at WUGA as a part time weekend announcer in 2010. At the time Shupe was focused on maintaining a thriving career in Real Estate, as well as balancing his time as a local entertainer. Shupe may be best known as The Athens King, a tribute to Elvis Presley, which often included an 8 piece show band! In 2012, Shupe joined WUGA full time as the station’s Morning Edition Host and Assistant Operations Director, and after 2 years of serving in that role Shupe was hired as Program Director for the station. As PD, Shupe spearheaded a return to more involvement in national conferences and continuing education opportunities through industry professional organizations like the Public Radio Program Director's Association, Public Media Development and Marketing Association, Morning Edition Grad School, the NAB, and the Public Media Journalists Association. This involvement led Shupe to undertake a comprehensive market study in 2015, the first such examination of local audience trends in more than 15 years.
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