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Poll shows older adults are very likely to get the updated COVID-19 booster shot

A new poll of people over the age of 50 shows that many of them plan to get an updated COVID-19 booster shot when it becomes available.  

The national poll by the University of Michigan shows that 61% of people over the age of 50 who have already gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine are very likely to go for that updated booster when it comes out, while 21% were somewhat likely. 

The shot could be out later this fall.

The new vaccines will hopefully offer protection against new omicron strains.

The U.S. has a contract to buy 105 million doses of the Pfizer combination shots once they’re ready, and 66 million of Moderna’s version. 

KJZZ senior field correspondent Kathy Ritchie has 20 years of experience reporting and writing stories for national and local media outlets — nearly a decade of it has been spent in public media.