When will the pandemic end? And will you need a booster shot? Where we'll be in 2022

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MIAMI — It's 2022. And people have learned to live surrounded by the novel coronavirus and its many variants moving across the world that cause COVID-19. Employees are back in the office using a staggered schedule. Kids are in the classroom again. Live theater, concerts and sporting events are playing to audiences across South Florida. And people no longer need to wear a mask to enter a store ...
MIAMI — It's 2022. And people have learned to live surrounded by the novel coronavirus and its many variants moving across the world that cause COVID-19.

© MATIAS J. OCNER/TNS Leonida Lipshy, enfermera, se prepara para administrar la vacuna COVID-19 en Broward Health Imperial Point en Fort Lauderdale, Florida, el 23 de diciembre de 2020..

Employees are back in the office using a staggered schedule. Kids are in the classroom again. Live theater, concerts and sporting events are playing to audiences across South Florida. And people no longer need to wear a mask to enter a store or dine at a restaurant.

© MATIAS J. OCNER/TNS Antonio Castro recibe la vacuna Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 de la pasante de Walgreens Pharmacy Erika Blanco, de 24 años, en The Palace Renaissance& Royale, una instalación de vida asistida en Kendall, el 13 de enero de 2021..

Occasionally, you'll still see someone masked up. The typical Miami kiss greeting is more exclusive, reserved for those you truly trust. And negative tests are still required for international travel.

© Daniel A. Varela/Miami Herald/TNS Un conductor es dirigido por el personal del Ejército de EEUU mientras los residentes de Miami-Dade de 65 años o más se forman en sus autos para recibir una dosis de la vacuna COVID-19 en Tropical Park en Miami el 10 de enero de 2021..

But what's happening with vaccines? Will we need booster shots? Will little kids be eligible for the vaccine? Will the pandemic be over?

Experts interviewed by the Miami Herald are looking to the future. Here's what they are saying about life in 2022:

The future of vaccines

The novel coronavirus, or one of its many variants, will still be circulating in 2022, but at much lower levels because of vaccinations.

"I don't think we'll ever go back to 2019 where we'll have no COVID," said Dr. Sergio Segarra, chief medical officer for Baptist Hospital. "I think there will always be a certain amount of our population that will have COVID."

Children younger than…
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