Get the top headlines from the LGBTQ+ community with anchors Al Ferguson, FayWhat?!, John Hayden, Elimination, and Dino Mosquera.
In This Segment:
The new Covid-19 booster rolls out this week.
The CDC cites rising covid rates and serious hospitalizations and even deaths at a time when the LGBTQ+ community thought Covid-19 was over.
The FDA says this is the major reason the entire Queer community should get the new booster.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis says no one under the age of 65 should get the new booster creating mass confusion for the LGBTQ+ community as the politics of a Presidential election are at odds with sound medical science.
Queer News Tonight has invited experts from Holy Cross Health, one of Florida’s most respected medical hospital groups to talk to us about the new booster.
As we discuss the vital issues you will watch anchors at Hotspots Magazine Happening Out Television Network get the new booster… live.
The new shot is formulated specifically to target the XBB.1.5 subvariant, which made up a considerable percentage of COVID cases through September. According to the American medical community, those who were vaccinated or got the booster in the past, their COVID immunity has likely waned. The new shot is a chance to strengthen it.
Dr Mark Mulligan, Director of the Vaccine Center at NYU Langone said it’s not a booster… it’s a new shot. He said “Unlike the shots from last year, this new vaccine doesn’t protect against the original strain of COVID or early Omicron strains, such as BA.5. Instead the new shot is formulated specifically to target the XBB.1.5 subvariant which accounts for most Covid cases now.”
Both Pfizer and Moderna say the new vaccine should also protect against EG.5 which is expected to be the next dominant subvariant.
A final question is why would DeSantis and Florida Surgeon General reject FDA guidance on this Covid-19 shot?
DeSantis said last week “I will not stand by and let the FDA and CDC use healthy Floridians as guinea pigs for new booster shots that have not been proven to be safe or effective.”
Then Florida surgeon general Joe Ladapo recommended support for the Governor. Both of their opinions were soundly rejected. Surveys show more than 90% of the American medical community widely rejected the Governor’s statements.
A leading criticism is that the anti-vaxx position landed well with the most entrenched of the GOP base who denied masks, vaccines, how Covid happened or even if Covid exists. Anti-vaxx organizations and conspiracy theorists have become a cottage industry since the pandemic.
A leading criticism is because of money. Anti-vaxxers are now a modern political force. The once-fringe movement is now seeing an influx in cash after the Covid pandemic. According to Politico analysis of tax filings, Revenue more than doubled for the Informed Consent Action Network and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s Children’s Health Defense in 2021 compared to the year prior.
They are some of America’s leading voices in vaccine conspiracy prompters. Some anti-vaxx non-profits raise as much as 15 times more today than they did in just 2017.
In other words, being anti-vaxx seems to be good for elections and getting money. So it’s incumbent for the LGBTQ+ community to have a conversation on the new Covid-19 shot.
To help us we have invited Von Biggs, Community Outreach Coordinator and Kim Saiswick, Vice President of Community Health And Well Being for Fort Lauderdale’s Holy Cross Health. We are going to discuss Covid 19, the vaccine while (AL, ELIMINATION, JOHN) are getting the shot live.
YOUR IMMUNITY HAS WANED
Even for those who were vaccinated or got the booster in the past, their COVID immunity has likely waned. The new shot is a chance to strengthen it.