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J&J CEO says people will likely need Covid vaccine with annual flu shot for next several years as variants spread

  • J&J CEO Alex Gorsky reiterated Wednesday that people will likely need to receive additional Covid-19 vaccine doses alongside the flu shot for the next "several years."
  • Covid booster shots will likely be necessary until herd immunity is achieved on a global level and highly contagious variants are contained.
  • Gorsky spoke at The Wall Street Journal's Tech Health conference.

Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson Alex Gorsky speaks during an event at the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building March 10, 2021 in Washington, DC.Alex Wong | Getty Images

Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky reiterated Wednesday that people will likely need to receive additional doses of the Covid-19 vaccines alongside the annual flu shot for the next "several years."

People will need to get the Covid booster shots until herd immunity is achieved on a global level and world leaders and scientists are able to limit the spread of highly contagious variants, Gorsky said during 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.

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His comments come a day after U.S. health officials urged Americans to get vaccinated to keep the Delta variant, first identified in India, from proliferating across the country.

J&J's vaccine requires just one jab, unlike Pfizer's and Moderna's Covid vaccines, which currently require two doses given three to four weeks apart. All three vaccines have been shown to be highly effective against Covid, though executives now say they expect that strong protection to wane over time.

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