Annual COVID Shots Coming Soon?

Sen. Alex Padilla (D-CA) receives a Covid-19 booster shot at AltaMed Medical clinic in Los Angeles, California, on October 6, 2022. (Photo by RINGO CHIU / AFP) (Photo by RINGO CHIU/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering changing its Covid-19 vaccine strategy in an effort to keep up with an ever-changing virus and eliminate the old “fully vaccinated” model whereby one receives two shots of the original vaccine, followed by regular booster shots.
  • The goal is to eliminate the original vaccines and to adopt an approach similar to the flu vaccine, where annually-updated shots are administered that match the strain that is predicted to be the most prevalent, according to a federal official who spoke to NPR under the condition of anonymity.

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