Will the Covid vaccine be a seasonal shot?
This is something we have all been thinking about, it’s also something that scientists, pathologists, and doctors have touched on before.
New reports highlight exactly what we have suspected for a while; namely, that people who got the Covid-19 jab will probably need a booster shot.
When, and how often they will need boosters remains to be seen.
As sources point out, scientists need more data before they can make an accurate forecast on how often people will need booster shots.
This lack of data is EXACTLY why people are hesitant to take the first round of the Covid-19 vaccine altogether. The very fact that scientists need to wait to figure out what is going on should excuse people altogether.
Personally, I will be waiting until ALL the long range data is available.
Here is more on the Covid-19 shots:
Yahoo News gave us some insight into the problem:
Although many scientists estimate that the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines authorized in the United States will last at least a year, no one knows for sure. It is also unclear whether emerging variants of the coronavirus will change our vaccination needs.
“We’re in uncharted waters here in terms of boosters,” said Dr. Edward Belongia, a physician and public health researcher at the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute in Marshfield, Wisconsin.
Why do we have to get a flu vaccine every year, but two measles shots during childhood can protect us for life?
Different pathogens affect our immune system in different ways. For some diseases, like the measles, getting sick once leads to lifelong protection from another infection. But for other pathogens, our immune defenses wane over time.
In some important respects, vaccines mimic natural infections — without requiring that we actually get sick. Measles vaccines can produce lifelong immunity. Tetanus vaccines, on the other hand, generate defenses that fade year after year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting a tetanus booster once a decade.
And sometimes the virus itself can change, creating a need for a booster to produce a new, tailored defense. Influenza viruses are so mutable that they require a new vaccine every year.
— DailyRounds | Marrow (@DRoundsMarrow) June 4, 2021
Here’s the irony – I love to travel. Was worried there’d be restrictions (planes etc) so I took the jab. 2 months later got covid! WTF! Should’ve stuck with my philosophy about the flu, that is, never had a flu shot never had a flu! https://t.co/tB19tbY8Zu
— njwoman 🌟✨💥🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸✨💥 (@njwoman2) June 7, 2021
The Associated Press offered a different perspective, but was still unsure about how long the vaccines last:
Scientists have found clues that the world’s leading COVID-19 vaccines offer lasting protection that could diminish the need for frequent booster shots, but they caution that more research is needed and that virus mutations are still a wild card.
Critical studies are underway, and evidence is mounting that immunity from the mRNA vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna does not depend exclusively on antibodies that dwindle over time. The body has overlapping layers of protection that offer backup.
Pfizer and Moderna have fueled booster questions by estimating that people might need yearly shots, just like with flu vaccinations, and the companies are working to have some candidates ready this fall. But companies will not decide when boosters get used. That will be up to health authorities in each country.
Other experts say boosters may be needed only every few years.
“I would be surprised if we actually needed a yearly booster shot,” said Dr. Paul Offit, a vaccine specialist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia who advises the Food and Drug Administration.