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Get a COVID-19 booster so that you can safely go eat donuts, LA Public Health urges

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is making a questionable pitch for COVID-19 booster shots by urging the public to get jabbed so that they can safely head out to eat donuts.

“REDISCOVER YOUR MIDNIGHT CRAVINGS,” text declares on a photo of Randy’s Donuts, an establishment located in Inglewood, California. “Indulge Safely, Get Boosted.”

LA Public Health’s tweet included English and Spanish versions of the graphic.

The text of the tweet is in Spanish, but according to a translation, it says, “Where will you rediscover your midnight cravings? Visit http://vacunatelosangeles.com for information on mask use, tests, immunizations, and medications. So you can safely enjoy while having a bite!”

u201cu00bfDu00f3nde redescubriru00e1 sus antojos de medianoche? Visite https://t.co/clmgUr4neN para obtener informaciu00f3n sobre el uso de mascarillas, pruebas, vacunas y medicamentos. u00a1Para que pueda disfrutar de forma segura mientras toma un bocado!u201d

— LA Public Health (@LA Public Health)
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In another tweet, the department drew a bizarre parallel between upgrading to a newer phone and getting an updated COVID-19 booster shot.

“You’ve updated your phone – why not update your booster?” the department tweeted.

u201cYouu2019ve updated your phone u2013 why not update your booster?n nUpdated boosters work against the original COVID strain & new strains like omicron & can be taken at least 2 months after any primary series or booster.n nFind a location to get boosted at https://t.co/UVkFi7uO8G.u201d

— LA Public Health (@LA Public Health)
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“COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States are effective at protecting people from getting seriously ill, being hospitalized, and dying. As with other vaccine-preventable diseases, you are protected best from COVID-19 when you stay up to date with the recommended vaccinations, including recommended boosters,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asserts.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky tested positive for COVID-19 last month, took a course of Paxlovid, tested negative, but then tested positive again — she had received an updated vaccine shot in September.

“COVID-19 vaccines may not prevent every infection, but they do provide us important protection against severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. My updated #COVID19 vaccine helped ensure my immune system was equipped to protect me against severe illness,” Walensky tweeted earlier this month.

u201cCOVID-19 vaccines may not prevent every infection, but they do provide us important protection against severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. My updated #COVID19 vaccine helped ensure my immune system was equipped to protect me against severe illness.u201d

— Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH (@Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH)
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New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who had received a bivalent booster, tested positive earlier this month after returning from Egypt.

“I am very grateful to be experiencing only mild symptoms after being fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19, including the latest bivalent booster,” the Democratic governor said in a statement. “I especially encourage all New Mexicans to get the latest bivalent COVID-19 booster in order to stay best protected,” she said in the statement.