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J&J CEO Reveals that Annual Covid Vaccines May be Necessary

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) CEO Alex Gorsky said Wednesday that people will probably need to receive various Covid-19 vaccine doses in addition to their annual flu shot for the next “several years”. People are going to need to get the Covid booster shots until brood immunity is accomplished, Gorsky said while at The Wall Street Journal’s Tech Health conference.

“We could be looking at this tagging along with the flu shot, likely over the next several years,” he said, referring to the Covid vaccines.

Gorsky’s statement comes as U.S. health officials ask Americans to get vaccinated and help prevent the spread of the Delta variant, which first emerged in India. Furthermore, Governor Mike DeWine is pleading with vaccine providers and Ohioans as close to 200,000 J&J doses are set to expire on June 23. DeWine is asking providers to administer as many doses as possible, expressing that “the time to act is now” for Ohioans who have yet to receive the vaccine.

“For Ohioans who have been waiting to get their vaccine, I urge you to take action now. There are many opportunities throughout the state to get a vaccine,” Governor DeWine said. “The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is one of those options. It is safe and effective and only requires one shot. In just two weeks, you could be protected from this virus. Getting vaccinated is the quickest way out of the pandemic and the fastest way for us to return to the lives we remember.”

Unlike Pfizer and Moderna’s Covid vaccines, which require two doses, J&J’s vaccine only requires one shot. Gorsky revealed that the company is actively looking for partners as it seeks to develop vaccines that target variants.