My Patients Ask — Will I be needing a booster of the COVID vaccine?

From the beginning of the use of the COVID vaccines, some vaccine experts and virologists were predicting the likelihood of needing booster shots. They just didn’t have enough information to say at what frequency. Now we have may have a clue.

Reuters News is reporting that the Biden administration is making preparations for the possibility that COVID-19 vaccine booster shots will be needed within the nine to 12 months after initial vaccination to protect against new variants and ensure lasting protection.

This information is from David Kessler, chief science officer for the administration’s COVID-19 response task force.

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla has also said boosters may be needed, and it’s possible yearly vaccination will be necessary.

The current thinking is those who are more vulnerable will have to go first.

I’m wondering if we won’t end up needing influenza and COVID immunizations on an annual basis. And, if so, I hope that they’ll be given in a single injection!

Of course, time will tell.

This blog was accurate as of the day of posting. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly evolves and the scientific community’s understanding of the novel coronavirus and the COVID vaccine develops, the information above may have changed since it was last updated. While I aim to keep all of my blogs on COVID and the COVID vaccine up to date, please visit online resources provided by the CDC, WHO, and your local public health department to stay informed on the latest news.

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