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Health officials advocate for COVID-19 vaccines

More COVID vaccines are getting approved at different stages by the FDA, and health professionals urge everyone who can, to get vaccinated.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — It seems like every week a new product, treatment or vaccine dosage is being approved. Many people, including health experts find this exciting. 

UAB Epidemiologist Dr. Rachael Lee says, "We have some really helpful things coming in through the pipeline. So, we have a new medication that may help with the treatment of Sars-Cov-2. It's an oral pill, which is exciting in the sense that, you know, we don't have to have a patient come into the hospital to get the medication."

And again, to most experts, these advances and approvals mean that things are moving forward in the pandemic...and that the more vaccinated the population, the more likely we are to see an end to this thing.  Lee says, "So, we also have, you know people in line getting booster shots. There's also going to be Moderna talking about booster shots to the FDA, and then J&J following that, I believe mid-October, and then, you know, for ages five to 11, they're going to be talking about Pfizer vaccination, through the FDA at the end of the month."

But many people across the nation disagree. They do not want the vaccine, and more urgently, they do not want to be mandated to get the vaccine. 

Some of those people rallied together at Furniture Factory in Huntsville to express their opposing opinions about COVID mandates, recommendations, and restrictions. 

Alabama gubernatorial candidate Dean Odle says, "The main issue and the reason people are out here is because of their freedom. People been coming up to me all day, 'I'm losing my job because i don't want to take this vaccine, and again, they have legitimate concerns, and that's the main focus is just about freedom."

Although this was the opinion of many out there today, Odle wants to make it clear that these opinions are not judgments on those who do agree with vaccination and masks. Odle says, "We're not about saying, you know, we don't want people to have the choice to take the vaccine if they want to take we have no problem with that. we just don't want anyone pressuring us."

Experts still say the safest way to fight off COVID infections is to get vaccinated.

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