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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — With the COVID-19 vaccine rollout slowing down, many people are wondering if they will need to come back to a clinic for a booster shot.
“It’s trying to scramble and get Version 2 out while we’re still working hard on Version 1 of the vaccine,” said Dr. Tony Moody, a professor of pediatrics at Duke’s medical school.
Plenty of questions are circulating about the possibility of booster shots, and CBS 17 News asked Moody and Dr. David Wohl, an infectious disease specialist at the UNC School of Medicine, for those answers.
WILL WE NEED BOOSTERS?
Most likely, Wohl said.
“We know that boosters shots are probably going to happen,” he said. “I’ll be honest with you, I think they will happen.”
What we don’t know yet is how long the protection will last, chiefly because the vaccines have only been widely available to people for roughly six months. So it may take time to collect enough information to know for sure.
“It’s important to recognize when we have the data, and it’s important to recognize when we don’t have the data,” Moody said.
WHAT WILL A BOOSTER ROLLOUT LOOK LIKE?
Wohl says we learned several lessons during the rollout earlier this year.
He says making the boosters available at several types of places — from doctor’s offices to pharmacies to other spots offering drive-thru and walk-in shots — will work best.
“Just make it really accessible to people,” he said.
It also might be helpful to bundle it with other shots — the flu vaccine, for example.
“You get your flu shot, and you get your COVID-19 booster,” Wohl said.
HOW LONG WILL VACCINE PROTECTION LAST?
We don’t know yet, but early results seem promising. Wohl says antibody responses “look really good even out six months to a year, maybe longer.”