Dr. Robert Murphy on Masks, Mandates and Booster Shots | Chicago News

Dr. Robert Murphy on Masks, Mandates and Booster Shots | Chicago News

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Dr. Robert Murphy is the director of the Institute for Global Health at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. (WTTW News)

The masks are back on this Friday, regardless of vaccination status. 

Chicago has once again implemented an indoor mask requirement for places like restaurants, bars and gyms. 

This, as the Biden administration announces a COVID-19 booster shot will be available for Americans starting in September, with nursing home residents, health care workers and emergency workers at the front of the line. 

“This will boost your immune response. It will increase your protection from COVID-19. And it’s the best way to protect ourselves from new variants that could arise,” said President Joe Biden. 

This news comes as Chicago residents face a “very high risk” of contracting the virus, with the city’s seven-day rolling average of confirmed COVID-19 cases passed 400. 

Dr. Robert Murphy, director of the Institute for Global Health at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, said the booster shot will significantly increase the immune response to the virus. Booster shots will be available for people eight months after their second shot. These new guidelines are currently for the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. 

“The protection from the vaccine starts to go down somewhere after six months and at eight months it’s clear the vaccine is not working as well,” said Murphy. 

And that’s been shown through a rise in the rate of breakthrough cases, he said. However, those cases are not leading the increase in hospitalizations. 

“I think what you’re seeing is the beginning of herd immunity,” Murphy said. “You can still get infected, but you don’t get severe disease, you don’t end up in the hospital and you don’t die. These vaccines work.”

Note: This story will be updated with video.


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