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Annual COVID Shot. Is it Inevitable?

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In a recent interview, the newly appointed director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggested that the agency may soon come out with a recommendation for Americans to be vaccinated for COVID-19 every year.1 2 Mandy Cohen, MD, MPH, who was sworn in as the 20th CDC director on July 10, 2023,3 told Spectrum News:

We’re just on the precipice of that, so I don’t want to get ahead of where our scientists are here and doing that evaluation work, but yes we anticipate that COVID will become similar to flu shots, where it is going to be you get your annual flu shot and you get your annual COVID shot. We’re not quite there yet, but stay tuned. I think within the next couple of weeks, month we’re going to hear more from our experts on COVID shots.1 2

Biden Administration Wants Annual COVID Booster Shots

This revelation by Dr. Cohen is hardly surprising. The drumbeat for pushing for an annual COVID shot for people in the United States has been growing louder and louder for at least a year now. On Sept. 6, 2022, Anthony Fauci, MD, then chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said at a White House press briefing:

It is becoming increasingly clear that, looking forward with the COVID-19 pandemic, in the absence of a dramatically different variants, we likely are moving towards a path with a vaccination cadence similar to that of the annual influenza vaccine, with annual updated COVID-19 shots matched to the currently circulating strains for most of the population.4 5

At the same briefing, the White House’s COVID-19 response coordinator, Ashish Jha, MD, MPH, said:

[F]or a large majority of Americans, we are moving to a point where a single annual COVID shot should provide a high degree of protection against serious illness all year.  That’s an important milestone.5

Leaving no room for any misunderstanding, President Biden confirmed later that day in a statement:

This week, we begin a new phase in our COVID-19 response. We are launching a new vaccine—our first in almost two years—with a new approach. For most Americans, that means one COVID-19 shot, once a year, each fall. As the virus continues to change, we will now be able to update our vaccines annually to target the dominant variant. Just like your annual flu shot, you should get it sometime between Labor Day and Halloween.6 7

Combination COVID/Influenza Shots Coming Soon

On Jan. 23, 2023, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed moving to an annual COVID booster shot, which would be given alongside the annual influenza vaccine. One of the main reasons for such a move would be for the sake of convenience.8 9

“It would be easier [for primary care doctors and other health care providers] to encourage our patients to get one set of annual shots, rather than to count the number of boosters or have two separate shots that people have to obtain,” said Leana Wen, MD, a public health professor at George Washington University in Washington, DC. “Employers, nursing homes, and other facilities could offer the two shots together, and a combined shot may even be possible in the future.”8

In 2022, the FDA granted Pfizer/BioNTech permission to fast track a combination COVID/influenza shot using mRNA technology. Moderna and other companies are also working on a combination COVID/influenza shot in anticipation of COVID shots being given annually like flu shots.10 11

Pfizer and other companies are complaining that consumer demand for COVID shots has been rapidly dropping off, threatening projected profits. NVIC president and co-founder Barbara Loe Fisher told The Epoch Times last week that, “The companies need a new market for the COVID product and they can get that by combining it with the influenza vaccine and making sure the CDC recommends that everyone get a COVID booster annually.”12

Pointing to recent surveys that show Americans are concerned about the safety of COVID shots and do not trust the CDC’s ever changing and conflicting vaccine recommendations, Fisher said, “If CDC officials recommend that everyone get an annual COVID booster shot, it will only further increase public distrust in vaccines and call into question the scientific and moral integrity of public health policy.”13

Science Behind Annual COVID Shots Not Strong

Carlos del Rio, MD, of Emory University in Atlanta and president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, agrees with the convenience argument. He said, “We would like to see something simple and similar like the flu.” However, Dr. del Rio is not convinced that the science supports the idea of an annual COVID shot. He said:

I also think we need to have the science to guide us, and I think the science right now is not necessarily there… Based on the information I’ve seen and the data we have, I’m not convinced that this is a strategy that is going to make sense.8

Dr. de Rio added:

One thing we’ve learned from this virus is that it throws curveballs frequently, and when we make a decision, something changes. So, I think we continue doing research, we follow the science, and we make decisions based on science and not what is most convenient.8

On June 15, 20223, several members of the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) expressed similar concerns about the lack of good science needed to justify an annual COVID shot. Because of these concerns, the question of whether the panel would recommend a “periodic update” to COVID shots was considered to be premature. According to Arthur Reingold, MD, professor of epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley:

As worded, it seems to be saying, do we agree that there’s gonna be a regular need to update? And I don’t think that’s clear.14

There was also concern among some panel members about referring to COVID as “seasonal” like the flu. “It’s not clear to me that this is a seasonal virus yet,” said Henry Bernstein, MD, a pediatrician at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New York.14

Mark Sawyer, MD, professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego, agreed…

I think using the word season is equally problematic. It links the campaign to the influenza vaccine. I understand that it may be convenient and most efficient to give the vaccines together, but it’s only been a few years and we really don’t know what the Covid season is.14

Despite reservations by many physicians about proceeding with annual COVID shots and a lack of a clear consensus among FDA medical advisors regarding the science to justify them, it appears that the CDC under Dr. Cohen will likely recommend adopting the annual flu shot model for the COVID shots.

Given the statements from the White House and the FDA in support of this proposal, it is hard to imagine the CDC going against the grain and opposing it. Certainly not under the leadership of Dr. Cohen, who was picked for the post not because she’s seen as an independent or critical thinker, but rather as a team player who tends to go along with the prevailing views of her bosses and colleagues.

In the letter sent to President Biden on June 13, 2023, several members of Congress wrote:

While Dr. Cohen claims to have acted on scientific data, her account of her decision-making during the pandemic indicates that she merely arbitrarily copied her friends’ actions in similar positions of power, without considering scientific evidence or the decisions of elected officials.15

Dr. Cohen  has been described as a “Fauci acolyte” who “resembles her predecessor” (Dr. Rochelle Walensky)—”a member of the clubby establishment of right-thinking officials who see their life’s work not so much as protecting public health as leveraging public-health threats.”16

That clubby establishment, which is highly funded and influenced by the pharmaceutical industry, seems dead set on keeping the COVID market alive indefinitely, even though the pandemic, as a public health emergency, has been over for months. What better way to do this than by insisting that everyone get a COVID booster shot every year?


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1 Jones R, Tasolides J. CDC likely to recommend annual COVID shot similar to flu, director says. Spectrum News NY1 July 27, 2023.
2 Musto J. CDC likely to recommend annual COVID booster shot, director says. Fox News July 28, 2023.
3 Christensen J. New CDC director brings health care, public health experience to agency facing aftermath of pandemic. CNN July 11, 2023.
4 Bendix A. Covid vaccines will likely become annual like flu shots, White House officials say. NBC News Sept. 6, 2022.
5 Press Briefing. Press Briefing by White House COVID-⁠19 Response Team and Public Health Officials. The White House Sept. 6, 2022.
6 Gardner L. White House: Covid-19 boosters will become annual shot, just like the flu vaccine. Politico Sept. 6, 2022.
7 Griffin R, Baumann J, Wingrove J.  Covid Is Likely to Require Yearly Booster Like Flu Shot, Fauci Says. Bloomberg Sept. 6, 2022.
8 McNamara D, Wairimu Davis K. The FDA Wants an Annual COVID Vaccine: What You Need to Know. WebMD Jan. 24, 2023.
9 O’Mary L. FDA Wants Annual COVID Boosters, Just Like Annual Flu Shots. WebMD Jan. 23, 2023.
10 Pfizer, Inc., BioNTech SE. Pfizer and BioNTech Receive U.S. FDA Fast Track Designation for Single-Dose mRNA Based Vaccine Candidate Against COVID-19 and Influenza. Dec. 9, 2022.
11 Becker J. Pfizer, Moderna and more look to combine COVID and Flu vaccine markets. Fierce Pharma Jan. 23, 2023.
12 Reed T. Pfizer signals future cuts amid waning COVID demand. Axios Aug. 2, 2023.
13 Stieber Z. CDC Poised to Recommend Annual COVID-19 Shots: Director. The Epoch Times July 30, 2023.
14 Kim Constantino A. FDA advisors raise doubts about seasonal updates to Covid vaccines as with flu shots. CNBC June 16, 2023.
15 Cáceres M. CDC Director Nominee Declared “Unfit” for Politicizing Science. The Vaccine Reaction June 18, 2023.
16 Cáceres M. Potential Pick for CDC Director Continues to Draw Criticism. The Vaccine Reaction June 25, 2023.

34 Responses

  1. This opens the door for employers to require annual COVID vaccinations on an ongoing basis. I’m glad there’s no federal mandate. I’m glad I don’t work in the healthcare industry. I don’t want any vaccine.

    Also, we know they can never keep up with the current flu strain for vaccines. It’s always a year too late. I think any benefit from the flu vaccine is merely the amount of innate immune stimulation conferred by the adjuvant in the vaccine., or if you’re lucky there’s enough similarity of the previous year strain to the current year strain that some adaptive immunity is conferred.

    However, I’ve been hearing people are repeatedly infected with COVID. I think COVID was engineered to be more potent. I think COVID is a different animal than the flu. In this case, annual COVID vaccines might mean the difference between life and death for a lot of people, especially those who may be exposed to healthcare workers; the elderly and the infirm.

    There should be a federal mandate for the choice of frequent COVID testing in lieu of mandatory vaccination for healthcare workers. I mean daily testing. That would work for me.

    1. This prevailing attitude; ‘I’m glad that’s not happening to me.’ This is a highly irresponsible position to take which is absolutely toxic. The issues which effect your fellow American’s do quite certainly effect you too. If not directly today, they will soon. Americans need to drop this way of thinking and speaking immediately. What do you have to say directly, to people like me, whom do have family employed in health care, and stand to lose everything? What lame one liner do I receive as a consolation prize? Call the issue for what is really happening. Deep seated corruption from the highest levels of our now tyrannical captured agency government. Do something about these issues already, rather than just acquiescence and saying, oh lucky, someone else instead of me. You will be next if these other unfortunate people you speak of so callously and casually fail to hold the line. Get ready.

    2. Daily testing would only be a snap shot in time. It would be futile and another slap in the face of the individual, whittling away of individual rights. The damn shots didn’t, don’t and won’t work except to break down the immune system of the person and make him/her more susceptible to disease. Let common sense prevail and freedom ring.

    3. Daily testing? No one has the right to daily shove swabs up my nose near my brain. No one! In some Nazi world this would be normal. But Nazis are not normal.

      1. They seem to now control our ‘captured’ government agencies!
        Real science is still accessible but has fallen on hard times!

  2. Daily testing you say?? Are you crazy? With what type of test a PCR test ramped up to 50+ cycle thrsholds?

    1. I agree. Test all they want but it is only a snap shot in time. A person can be tested in the morning, (test negative) assuming the test is accurate, then stop on the way home, pick up the germ and test positive that afternoon. How stupid can this country be???

      1. No, there is no “picking up the germ” later in the day. Get this concept: “germs” are around you all the time, everywhere. They are on you right now. They make up a great part of your digestive system and you couldn’t live without them. What makes a bacteria suddenly have overgrowth? A disruption in your body’s terrain, some kind of tissue damage. The bacteria are the clean up crew that removes the damage not invading creatures from out there. They are always there. As for viruses, no one has ever isolated them so what are you testing for? How can you make a test for something you’ve never isolated?? All viral test are frauds. All they are looking for a bits of a computer generated genetic sequence that could also be found in numerous other things-plants and animals.

  3. If the vaccines continue to be required in healthcare all I can say is don’t get sick. Because healthcare workers have seen first hand questionable side effects of these vaccines and it is more and more common for healthcare workers to feel government agencies are untrustworthy. I think you’re going to see another mass exodus of healthcare professionals next fall.

    1. I don’t blame any medical professional that says NO. This entire fiasco is NOT about health or caring about us. It is about depopulation and CONTROL. Ray Charles could see it.

    2. Sadly, you are right. There is supposed to be religious exemptions, and there use to be philosophical exemptions. But we’re not allowed to act as the thinking, researching, intelligent people that we are with government who wants us all to be so dumbed down that we don’t ask questions and just do whatever we’re told. The constitution is being burned up, and it seems most Americans are either clueless or don’t care.

  4. The CDC and all the alphabet agencies are private for profit corporations, and like all corporations they have a Dun and Bradstreet number!

  5. I don’t trust any politician, I sure as heck don’t trust administrative government, or any of their 3 letter agencies. Bobby Kennedy jr. and many others are right; the lawmakers and the agencies that are supposed to regulate the manufacturers are all captive of the power of the drug industry’s money. How is it even possible that the agencies largest funding comes from the very industry they are supposed to be regulating??? And they have the gall to complain about people not wanting to take any more of their poison ( that they have no liability for )? I’m done. I’m not interested in any of their shots. if you care to look at charts of 20th century health threats, you can see that every so-called epidemic was well in decline before the vaccines that got all the credit, were even introduced. it’s all a racket –

  6. The COVID vaccine is NOT a vaccine by any stretch of the imagination and definition. No vaccine is fool proof. EVER. No vaccine works forever either. They just create more problems than they fix. This is 100% for sure. Just read the research and a lot of it is RIGHT on this WEBSITE .

  7. This is an example of agency capture where the recommendation of the CDC is to get your flu, RSV, and Covid shots annually which then turns into a mandate and then also make sure HHS and DOJ collude to deny any compensation for vaccine injury. My wish is that many many more wake up to this corruption, IMHO….

  8. In response to this article; One shot not enough. Going to need two. Now three. Now four. Now yearly. Or whatever is the maximum amount that most people will accept which supports the for profit by imperial decree mandate.

    They are supposedly still having a hard time interpreting the data and figuring out the science. These people are not experts. This is not science. This is criminal racketeering and everyone involved belongs in an orange jumpsuit, shackles and handcuffs. Arrest them all, every single man and woman alike involved in forcing this deadly toxic substance known as the covid vaccine on the people. Full force of the law, RICO, collusion, bribery, embezzlement, bearing false witness, intentionally misleading, obstruction, coercion, making false statements. Arrest them all, turn state witnesses, force this glass house to crack. Rand Paul we need you now and Faucci is merely one criminal, there are many others to pursue. We have listened to a daily stream of actually qualified experts for many years. These people claiming to still be uninformed or claiming the covid shots are safe and effective are either incredibly incompetent and stupid, or they are conspirators whom deserve immediate imprisonment.

    We said no to these damned vaccines and we meant it. Test our will and you will fail. The investigative phase is over. The entire world knows how damned corrupt this process is. Arrest everybody involved. Disband the CDC. We will not sit idly by and let these criminals dictate the terms of our life and our employment. Nor will they be allowed to dictate their own terms regarding appropriate boundaries for ethical and legal compliance. These people are criminals whom belong in prison for life. Their money be damned, they deserve to die for what they did and what they continue to do, obscuring the truth, lying to everyone, to cover up their own incompetency and criminal behavior.

    Stop dancing to their tune! This article frames the issue as if this is just another policy decision, something we will have to live with irregardless. This is not the case. We demand justice and every additional step the pharmasuetical industry takes towards tyranny over our lives, they do so at their own peril. We The People Will Not Comply. Justice will be served one way or another, they have already gone too far.

  9. I’ll pass. I’ll just keep using the vitamin D cream during the fall and winter. I haven’t any colds, flu’s or anything in at least a decade. Haven’t had anything since I stopped going to doctors, getting antibiotics and started using the vitamin D cream.

    1. I have natural immunity after an original strain and a variant. I’ve not been sick in almost 2 years since. I take vitamin D3 daily along with zinc, as I have for 12 years; I eat healthy, I get proper sleep, exercise, don’t drink, etc.

  10. Annual Covid shots will go over well, particularly since those most willing to be injected with government sponsored deadly toxins are dying off in greater numbers by the week, and in x-number of years will be a minority portion of the population.

    But no depopulation agenda or anything, nah. LOL Even though the perps tell us the opposite.

  11. Drum roll, please . . . . . . . . “Pfizer and other companies are complaining that consumer demand for COVID shots has been rapidly dropping off, threatening projected profits.” And, there it is the real reason for this nonsense. As always . . . money!

    Obviously, they did not kill or damage enough people the first time around in 2020-2023, so gotta complete the experimental project.

  12. It looks to me like the public are sitting ducks in this one-sided war against life. It is as if there is no stopping this death cult. However….
    My one hope is to see Revelation 11:18 come to pass. God will stop them.
    Thankfully, he has also promised to bring people back to life in a better place.

    1. Genevieve You are so right about that prophesy. The Creator will step in and destroy those ruining the earth.

      1. God helps those that help themselves. Isn’t that the way it goes? Don’t sit on your butt waiting for JC to show up and smite those you don’t like. Let me ask you, is not everything of God? That means every person, every blade of grass, every bacteria. So are they not all It’s creation? Why would God destroy that which is of It? Many cults have formed around people waiting for God to step in and punish those that they don’t like, second comings of messiahs, raptures…. If God is coming to destroy those ruining the earth, It might want to start with all the cell phone and satellite operators. EMFs are killing all life on this planet and behind Covid19. You’ll have to give up your cell phone and internet,though.

  13. So now the President and co-founder of NVIC supports Covid boosters?
    “Pfizer and other companies are complaining that consumer demand for COVID shots has been rapidly dropping off, threatening projected profits. NVIC president and co-founder Barbara Loe Fisher told The Epoch Times last week that, “The companies need a new market for the COVID product and they can get that by combining it with the influenza vaccine and making sure the CDC recommends that everyone get a COVID booster annually.”12

  14. Daily testing if they want but spit test not nose test. Shoveling daily in the nose more harm than some shots. I was on unpaid now test weekly – weekly nasal test is brutal at my institution. They shovel until they meet the resistance. Elsewhere you have to pay for the test.

  15. There’s not a single commenter here worth talking to. As far as I can see the entire antivax community has been co-opted. Russia and China cybertrolls churn out destructive propaganda using vaccines as a wedge issue and all you Republicans eagerly swallow the bait. Like willing lickspittle you join the enemy in tearing down American institutions, government and society. That’s why they call the Republican party a death cult. You have split Hell wide open. God will have his judgment on you one day. Don’t be found wanting. Apologize to Him while you can. Repent. Apologize to Me as well. We are waiting.

  16. They can’t even figure out which flu strain, each year, they need for the so-called influenza vaccine. They expect us to believe they can figure out what covid “variant” to use in the vaccine each year? And “let science be our guide”? What is science? It changes all the time and is used to manipulate those who don’t do their own research. This is the next phase of the scare tactics. The so-called science still can’t tell us what the long-term effects of the original covid vaccine are, and now they want people to blindly get one every year? Nope.

  17. Yeah, just keep trusting your government. Don’t ask any questions. The vaccine they admitted doesn’t “prevent” covid is now to become a yearly shot? For what??? Are you awake yet??

  18. We The Poor Sheeple have been reconditioned, again and again, to FEAR the germs.
    E.g., RSV now conveniently is so dangerous, since they have a vaccine to sell. This is the same trick the Medical Industrial Complex (who by now sort of runs the government) has been playing, since AIDS=HIV.
    _ Of course, it doesn’t help that senile criminal Biden needs to cover-up his criminal family’s contacts, to crime & still-Communist China. Is it possible we haven’t had a real & decent President Of The United State, since Kennedy? While Truman ineffectually fought Commie-China, Nixon opened it–and the Clinton Gang gushed through. Then CEOs and private equity firms, et al., sold out manufacturing. NOW, TO GET ANYTHING IT MUST BE IMPORTED, THROUGH THE BIGGEST SHIPPING CO ON EARTH. Just order it on your fancy China-made phone, borrowing on your easy credit card—but TRY to understand: SHIPPING IS NEVER FREE. What, did you think air travel, ships or gasoline is free? And labor must be paid, just to folks doing the sorting & shipping & delivery.
    _ No, no– everything is rosy. You too, may become a TV celebrity.

  19. are going to pick a COVID strain that naturally mutated , or will they bioengineer a new COVID strain every year?

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