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Protection offered by booster shot beats ‘natural immunity,’ study suggests

Syringes of Moderna COVID-19 booster vaccine sit on a table at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill East Norwegian Street in Pottsville, Pa., on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021.  (Lindsey Shuey/Republican-Herald via AP) PAPOE302 PAPOE302

Public health officials have been struggling to persuade eligible Americans to get their COVID-19 booster shots. New research could help them make the case that the extra dose will provide substantially more protection.

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