The COVID vaccine offers long-term protection, but does an annual booster need to be?



We are about to mark the one-year milestone of receiving the first COVID-19 vaccine for many Southwest Floridians. Now we’re rolling up your sleeves for our annual COVID capture. After a series of boosters, what’s next?

A year ago, Phyllis and Berny Aronson focused on the laser to secure a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

When their efforts paid off, Phyllis said, “We thought we’d won the lottery. We were very pleased. Benny said they “tried for weeks to get an appointment.”

Aronson expected the two-shot series to put COVID-19 behind them, but they soon discovered that they needed to boost their immunity.

“Because this is going to last forever,” Benny explained. “This is such a bad virus that it will continue to mutate. ”

Researchers and virologists agree. The massive spread of COVID-19 makes it impossible to stop with a single volley of shots.

Professor of Biostatistics, Dr. Ira Longini, University of Florida, said, “I think for COVID-19. We are heading towards a country endemic with seasonal outbreaks, perhaps for a long time to come. ”

Dr. Longini knows this virus well. He believes that a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic has the potential to become an ongoing battle and that we need to arm ourselves to fight it. “I think eventually, people will need to step up perhaps at least every year, or maybe every six or eight months. ”

He said Aronson’s attempt to potentially get a booster shot was futile. “The protection against serious illness seems to be very durable. And that’s because of immune memory. So people who have undergone a first round of vaccinations even a year later are still well protected against severe illness,” he added.

In the long run, Aronson will continue to vaccinate. To take a shot at a normal level.

While Phyllis said “It protects. It protects us,” added Berny, “but also protects you and anyone else near us for the same reason. ”

Although experts are working on it that way, there is no commitment yet on rolling out annual vaccinations.

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