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Americans May Need Yearly Shots To Protect Against COVID-19

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  • Americans may need to get a single Covid-19 vaccination every year, federal health officials said Tuesday, making clear that the country will be living with the coronavirus for the foreseeable future.
  • “This week marks an important shift in our fight against the virus,” said Dr. Ashish Jha, who is leading the White House Covid-19 Response Team. “It marks our ability to make Covid vaccines a more routine part of our lives as we continue to drive down serious illness and deaths and protect Americans heading into the fall and winter.”
  • Though Tuesday’s announcement isn’t a surprise — the Biden administration has been hinting at such a shift since the spring — it is a significant moment as the government continues to de-escalate its pandemic response.

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