Doctor predicts you will have to get a COVID-19 shot every year

Dr. Sunil Joshi says COVID-19 will most likely be a seasonal virus

(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – There’s a good chance you’ll have to get the COVID-19 vaccine every year, according to a Florida doctor.

Dr. Sunil Joshi, president of the Duval County Medical Society Foundation, said he predicts people will have to get the COVID-19 vaccine every fall or winter, just like the flu shot.

[TRENDING: Teen killed when stepping on power line during storm | NY judge killed in Fla. hit-and-run | How, where to get vaccine]

“Cooler weather tends to allow viruses to spread more rapidly,” Joshi told News 6 partner WJXT-TV in Jacksonville.

Doctors are hypothesizing the vaccine is effective for up to six months, like how antibodies from getting the infection last for three to six months.

“We may need a booster this fall or the upcoming winter, and we’ll potentially have a seasonal vaccine after that,” Joshi said.

Jacksonville resident Cathy Barnwell told News4Jax she’s on board with that.

“We get the flu shot every year, and it’s better than being sick and being in the hospital or everything shutting down again,” Barnwell said.

About the Author: