New boosters could begin annual COVID shot routine

New boosters could begin annual COVID shot routine

The Galveston County Daily News, September 7, 2022

The booster is designed specifically for the omicron variant, said Dr. Janak Patel, director of infection control and health care epidemiology at the University of Texas Medical Branch. “This is our first effort to move towards a vaccine that is adapted to the more virulent strains,” Patel said. The idea is this booster could begin what scientists hope will be an annual cycle of vaccination against COVID, he said. “This is the future,” Patel said. “I believe this is the future for learning to live with COVID infection.”