Take 2: Vaccine booster, Haitian refugees

The Take 2 series features brief weekly updates on the state or nations relevant news for the community.

Hannah Gonzalez

The Take 2 series features brief weekly updates on the state or nation’s relevant news for the community.

New COVID-19 vaccine booster approved: Pfizer booster shots are available to those who took their last dose of the vaccine 6 months prior. With the CDC and FDA’s approval, around 20 million Americans are now eligible for Pfizer’s new booster. The booster shot is highly recommended for adults 65 years of age and older. Ages 18-64 who have prolonged risk of COVID-19 or underlying medical conditions are also permitted to receive this booster. 

Significance: 20 million Americans who received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine are now eligible to receive the booster shot. The shot is intended to provide further protection against COVID-19 variants and lessen transmission. The booster shot provides defense against COVID-19, maintaining the protection received when originally getting the Pfizer vaccine. 

Haitian border crisis: Around 15,000 Haitians have been found trying to cross the US-Mexico border. Haitians are being displaced after natural disasters, political unrest, and complications from the pandemic. There are over 1.5 million refugees from the earthquake alone. The Haitians are currently seeking refuge in southern Texas, crossing the border from Mexico. 

Significance: The U.S. has already expelled over 4,000 migrants from the Texas border:

 “Haitians on the move in the Americas comprise people with different protection needs, profiles and motivations,” said representatives from UN Refugee Agency, the International Organization for Migration, the United Nations Children’s Fund and the UN Human Rights in a joint statement. I’m unhappy with the administration.” said Democratic Representative Maxine Waters of California in response to the refugee’s living conditions in the U.S.