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Health experts in Santa Barbara County weigh in on third coronavirus vaccine shot


SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. -- Patients are rolling up their sleeves again to get a COVID 19 Booster shot.

"It’s very important to me because I want to protect my community … I wanna
be able to see my friends and family … I want to be able to have some kind
of normalcy," said resident Priscilla Smith of Santa Maria.

Anyone who received Pfizer or Moderna is now allowed to get a booster dose 6
months after being fully vaccinated.

For anyone with the one dose johnson and johnson vaccine, it's two months after.

Governor Gavin Newsoom is encouraging Californians to get vaccinated ahead
of the holiday season.

"We’re here to promote work ahead of us this is our sprint working our way into the holiday season to encourage and promote boosters to address and
closing as always the imperative not just the importance the imperative of
equity," said Newsom.

Some who are already vaccinated have mixed thoughts about the booster shot.

"I thought at first I was a little bit concerned and reserved about getting
it at that time … it was only for maybe 65 and above … but now that it’s
for everybody I still have concerns I have to do a little bit more research," said resident Crystal Bacolot who works in the healthcare profession in Santa Maria.

"You know if I’m strongly advised to and there’s statistics showing that
it’s going to help me then sure why not you know
I’m not against it," said resident Dylan Pearson of Santa Maria.

The CDC continues to encourage the 47 million adults who are not yet
vaccinated to get the shot as soon as possible.

Local health experts are providing more information about the need for COVID-19 booster shots after all adults in the United States became eligible to receive one.

For more information, click here.

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