A healthcare worker administers a COVID-19 vaccine in 2021.

New COVID mutants have spread to Florida; booster shots will soon cost

New, more infectious coronavirus mutations are spreading across Florida, and some who will seek new vaccines to protect against the latest virus versions will soon have to start paying.

The federal government has said that by the end of the year it will run out of money to purchase COVID-19 vaccines, meaning they will no longer be free to all recipients starting in January.

The latest shots from Moderna and Pfizer, approved by the federal government in late August, are better designed to combat the ramifications of the omicron variant of the virus. The original omicron and its subvariants have accounted for virtually all COVID infections this year so far.

These vaccines target the BA.5 omicron subvariant. Although BA.5 has declined over the summer, it looks like the latest crop of viral mutations, potentially giving recipients the latest vaccines stronger immunity compared to those who received the original vaccines, which were designed for the original coronavirus first discovered in Wuhan, China.

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