annual injections of COVID-19 are likely

FLINT, Mich. (WNEM) – With the new bivalent COVID-19 boosters rolling out across the country, some are wondering if COVID vaccines will become an annual vaccine like the flu vaccine.

Flint’s doctor, Dr. Bobby Mukkamala, thinks it’s likely.

“It’s not just to protect us,” Mukkamala said. “It’s to protect the people around us.”

This possibility of an annual COVID vaccine was recognized today as the White House Covid Response Team discussed reformulated vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer for people as young as 12.

They target the original strain of coronavirus and the sub-variants responsible for most current infections.

“The new vaccine stimulates antibodies which they can then bind to the newer form of the virus,” Mukkamala said.

Discussions of annual COVID injections show federal health officials believe the coronavirus will be around for the foreseeable future.

“When we start thinking about COVID in the same way as okay here is a virus that is going to be with us, it is going to change a little every year and therefore the new updated vaccine for the COVID virus, everything like we do because the flu virus is something people will be used to.

Mukkamala acknowledges that there are many who oppose getting the COVID shot, but every year.

“We’ve seen this before that people sometimes have an approach where they say, you know what, it’s not as bad as people say, it’s not likely to make me sick,” Mukkamala said. “So I’m going to kind of, you know, catch the new infection and I’ll get immunity that way.”

Federal officials have said that by the end of this week, 90% of Americans will be within five miles of new reformulated vaccines.

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