SWFL may see higher vaccination rates when omicron . variant surfaces



While the omicron variant of COVID-19 still has no confirmed cases in the US, President Biden said it was only a matter of time.

But this newly discovered COVID-19 variant is prompting more people in Southwest Florida to get their first dose of the vaccine or a booster shot.

The World Health Organization says this new variant poses a very high risk to the world. Researchers are still racing to learn more about it.

While the world waits for more information to be released, health experts say the best thing we can do is protect ourselves. And now pharmacists say they are seeing more people rolling up their sleeves and getting injections.

A man received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday at Collier Pharmacy. And, according to pharmacist Girish Patel, that man is not alone.

“Omicron is coming, and people are coming,” Patel said. He’s seen more people go to the pharmacy since the omicron variant became a threat.

“People are coming for additional injections, and some people are scared, and they are coming too. So hopefully in the near future we can be busy,” said Patel.

There are still unknowns about the omicron variation. But WHO has announced that the new variant carries a very high risk of infection. “If you get infected by someone and come into contact with it, it can spread very quickly, and that’s why it’s dangerous,” Patel said.

Again, the omicron variant is thought to be absent in the United States. As a result, those who spoke to WINK News said they were not worried yet.

Kevin Varnes lives in Naples. “We don’t change anything. We do not hide. We’re just trying to move forward and get through all of this,” Varnes said.

Brad Green also lives in Naples. “Back then, we wore gloves and went shopping with double masks and disinfected everything that we don’t really care about now. I think we know a lot more,” Green said.

People hope uncertainty about the impact of omicrons on the US will spur more people to get vaccinated. “If you don’t like to cover up, then get vaccinated. I don’t see why it shouldn’t be,” said Luis Perez of Cape Coral.

“Be calm, be resilient, and protect yourself by getting vaccinated,” says Patel.

Patel encourages those who have not been vaccinated to get vaccinated to protect their loved ones and our community.

Appointments for your immunizations are available throughout Southwest Florida. If you are looking for a vaccination appointment, do so link. SWFL may see higher vaccination rates when omicron . variant surfaces

Aila Slisco

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