SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – The University of Utah Health is urging the public to get their vaccine booster shots ahead of the holiday COVID-19 surge.
“While COVID-19 vaccines appear to provide some protection against the newest variant, Omicron, new data shows a booster dose significantly improves vaccine efficacy,” says U of U Health officials.”
Health officials across the country are concerned as the Omicron variant becomes the dominant COVID-19 strain across the nation.
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Most recently, health experts say the Omicron variant now accounts for 73% of new infections just this past week, which is a nearly sixfold increase.
Now that booster shots are widely available to those ages 16 and older, U of U Health experts are explaining why it’s important to get vaccinated now to celebrate the holidays with loved ones safely.