Booster approved for some; Glasgow residents protest for freedom of choice

BARREN COUNTY, Ky.- The FDA met Friday and is now recommending Pfizer booster doses for people over 65 and those at high risk of a severe COVID-19 infection.

The vote on the recommendation came just after the committee voted against approving booster doses for all people 16 and older.

Several members of the committee voiced doubts that it is a good idea to start giving boosters to the entire population.

Specifically, they mentioned younger adults and older teens, who may have a higher risk of a rare complication called myocarditis an inflammation of the heart.

More than 2 million people have received an additional dose since August 13th.

The FDA’s decision was upsetting to some while a relief to others.

Currently, a third shot is approved for the Moderna vaccine for some individuals with health conditions, according to Daniel Emory, a local pharmacist.

“We’re able to offer a third dose for those that are immunocompromised under emergency order from the FDA we’re still waiting on more information as far as a booster when it becomes available,” said Emory.

Emory says Sheldon’s Pharmacy only administers vaccines two days a week because there are not as many people getting vaccinated.

In Kentucky, 59% of the population has been vaccinated, with 91% of adults 65 and over vaccinated, according to the state’s online dashboard.

Many people still do not want to get the vaccine, while others are waiting for a booster.

“No, I have not been vaccinated because it’s completely unconstitutional for a mandate to be put into place,” said Jerry Roscoe, a Warren County resident.

“I am vaccinated. I don’t plan to get the booster just yet just because I want to leave that for the immunocompromise people for right now but once it becomes more widely available, I’d consider it,” said Alexander Wright, a Warren County resident.

Some folks hosted a protest in Glasgow Friday after a local doctor was told he no longer provide Ivermectin to patients.

“Why is these doctors in this town dictating to other doctors and taking their rights away and meddling in my privacy between me and my doctor,” said Joe Hall, a Barren County resident.

“If you want to take the vaccination, take the vaccination but when has it been fair that they take our rights away,” said Tashina Garrett, a Barren County resident.

“I’ve watched in my lifetime our liberties and rights just being taken away little by little and I just think this is one more step and I think we ought to have the right to choose,” said Earlene Branstetter, a Metcalfe County resident.