According to the country’s senior health professionals, the annual administration of COVID vaccines is the country’s best shot at preventing another health calamity.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stated that because coronavirus is continually evolving and mutating, Americans would most likely need COVID vaccines once a year, just like they do for the flu.
“It is becoming increasingly clear that looking forward in the COVID-19 pandemic, in the absence of a dramatically different variant, we likely are moving towards a path with a vaccination cadence similar to that of the annual influenza vaccine,” Fauci said on Tuesday.
Ashish Jha, White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator, supported Fauci’s statement, citing the recently approved booster, which targets both the original coronavirus strain and the ones presently circulating, omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5.
“For the first time since December of 2020, these vaccines, our vaccines, have caught up with the virus,” Jha said.
“Barring those variant curveballs, for a large majority of Americans, we are moving to a point where a single annual COVID shot should provide a high degree of protection against serious illness all year,” Jha added.