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Local doctor weighs in on FDA booster rejection

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MURPHSYBORO (WSIL)---When a new drug or medication comes to the market, the FDA puts it to the test.

"Usually the FDA to approve a drug is going to require at least 6 month long study that's been properly designed, adhering to some rigorous scientific standards. That's all boring talk but basically it means, there's a right way to study medication," said Murphysboro doctor Jeff Ripperda.

An Israeli study found booster shots were effective in preventing COVID-19, after noticing people who got the vaccine in January tended to contract COVID easier than people who received it in February.

The FDA's advisory panel Ripperda are not completely convinced.

"It might not be that the vaccine was wearing off, it could be that the people who got the vaccines were older and sicker and therefore their immune systems don't work as well so they didn't have a nice immune response to the vaccine like everyone else did," Ripperda said.

Ripperda also said the data collected for the Israeli study was not done in the same way as the initial vaccine research, which causes confusion.

"It's just a really messy set of data that's out there right now which is why you have the scientific community kinda giving different opinions from different places," said Ripperda.

As of now, Ripperda believes the booster may not be entirely necessary.

"There's a chance that maybe some new information will come out later that will make us say 'eh, maybe it wasn't really necessary.' Now that being said, will I recommend it to my patients? Yeah, I probably will, because generally I'm going to follow the guidelines unless I have a really big reason not to," said Ripperda.

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