Your next covid vaccine may avoid the shot in the arm.

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The numbers for covid-19 and its variants have been going way down as quickly as they began a few months ago mirroring other areas of the world. Governors of different states are beginning to loosen masking restrictions, with the NJ Governor relaxing school restrictions starting in March.   The idea is to follow science rather than politics which is appropriate.  In any pandemic, the road to endemic status is to normalize the existence of the infection and recognize that most of us now have immunity from vaccines, naturally or both. Will we require another vaccine for covid-19?  Depending on who you speak with, this is a possibility since the flu vaccine is for variants of the 1918 flu. Covid-19 is a respiratory infection, even with Omicron which caused its problems higher in the respiratory tract. Using this idea, if we are infected in the respiratory tract, why can't we vaccinate through there? This has already been done for the Flu. Flumist Quadravalent is as effective as an injection according to its manufacturer, Astrozenica. Would this be a better way to vaccinate which requires less skill and has fewer side effects at the site of inoculation? Check out this article from the NY Times

The Covid Vaccine We Need Now May Not Be a Shot

Nasal vaccines under development around the world may make better boosters by stopping the coronavirus in the airways.

By Apoorva Mandavilli Published Feb. 2, 2022 HYDERABAD, India — On the outskirts of this centuries-old Indian city, a world away from its congested roads and cacophony, the gleaming modern laboratories of Bharat Biotech are churning out a Covid vaccine that would be sprayed into the nose rather than injected into the arm. Currently available vaccines produce powerful, long-lasting immunity against severe illness, as several studies have recently shown. But their protection against infection from the coronavirus is transient, and can falter as new variants of the virus emerge — a failing that has prompted talk of regular booster shots. Read more