Local health experts urge CT residents to get COVID vaccine, booster shots before the holidays


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — With Thanksgiving days away, health experts are urging adults and kids to get their COVID-19 vaccine or booster. For some, it was easy to get it done at CT’s soccer tournament in Hartford this weekend.

On the field at Dillion Stadium, high schoolers were fighting for Connecticut’s soccer championship. But off the field, medical professionals were fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Griffin Health provided adult and pediatric vaccine shots, and boosters, to those attending the tournament.

“I feel very good that I’m done. I don’t have to struggle trying to hunt it down,” said Matt Catanzaro.

And so did Marie Pollio.

“We have elderly family members in our family that we need to care for. We want to protect them,” said Pollio. “We have school-aged children who are fully involved in activities.”

On Friday, the CDC approved booster shots for all adults within six months of receiving their second Pfizer or Moderna dose, or two months of receiving a Johnson and Johnson dose.

Yale New Haven Health Medical Director for Infection Prevention Dr. Richard Martinello says research shows that boosters are necessary for optimal protection.

“We know that over time the level of antibodies that are in your blood that help protect you against COVID decrease a little bit,” said Dr. Martinello.

Dr. Martinello says taking this step is that much more important after the state saw its COVID rates double over the past several weeks.

“None of us want to bring COVID home for the holidays,” said Dr. Martinello. “I hope that anyone who’s eligible to get the booster actually does and that will enable us to get back to sort of a more normal life.”

To find a vaccine clinic near you before the holiday, click here.

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