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Get a booster for best COVID protection, health officials urge

MARQUETTE, MI— Health experts are strongly urging residents to get a booster shot as the country faces the Omicron variant.

Doctor Bob Lorinser of the Marquette County Health Department says two-dose vaccines offer little or no Omicron protection, unlike Delta protection. Those who have received boosters have better protection—around 75 percent—and early data shows they protect against severe illness from Omicron. The newest variant is two to three times as contagious as the Delta variant and the risk of reinfection is five times greater than with Delta.

Lorinser says the best way to protect yourself is to get vaccinated with three doses of either Moderna or Pfizer, or if you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, get boosted with Moderna or Pfizer two months afterward.

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.