Clearly, the most critical public health issue facing New Jersey and the nation is the race to vaccinate as many people against COVID-19 as possible. While the process has worked well in many states — including the Garden State — significant resistance remains, sometimes among surprising groups. In addition, experts are now debating whether fully vaccinated individuals might require a booster in defense of more infectious variants.
In the latest edition of NJBIZ Conversations, Editor Jeff Kanige spoke with Brian Strom, the chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences about the vaccines, the reluctant populations and the potential need for additional shots.
“When it’s going to be, that’s reading the tea leaves,” he said. “This isn’t going to be [like] the flu. I don’t think we’ll need a vaccine every year because the flu mutates more quickly than COVID does. But on the other hand, COVID is a much worse disease.”