James Cutrell, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in the care of COVID-19 patients, outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy, cardiovascular and orthopaedic infections, antimicrobial stewardship, and medical education. Dr. Cutrell completed all of his medical education and advanced training at UT Southwestern, earning his medical degree as the top graduating medical student in the class of 2007, finishing his residency (the final year as Chief Resident) in 2010, and completing his fellowship in infectious diseases in 2013.
This virus is not like the flu virus in terms of it mutating so frequently, so I don’t think this going to be a virus where we have to get a booster shot every year. At least in the beginning, until the global pandemic comes under better control, we may need to get another booster.16 June 2021
The presence of these variants emphasizes the importance of getting vaccinated to help protect yourself, because these variants are increasingly showing that they’re able to spread more easily. One of the things that we’ll be watching very closely over the next week, the next month, is: Does this variant remain in the minority, or does it start to overtake some of the other variants and become more dominant? If we see that, then that’s the way that we pick up on clues that there’s something different about this virus in terms of how easily it’s spread.16 June 2021