COVID-19 vaccines are very effective in preventing severe disease and death, including from the recent variants such as Delta. Currently in the U.S., COVID-19 vaccines are widely available for people 12 years and older. However, those who are not yet vaccinated are at greater risk. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently reported, “Virtually all COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths are among those who are unvaccinated.” The CDC encourages people to get vaccinated as soon as possible for protection against COVID-19.
Do I need a booster shot?
Recently, there has been growing concern and confusion about whether vaccines provide enough protection against COVID-19 and its variants. The CDC and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a joint statement on July 8, 2021, stating that people in the U.S. who have been fully vaccinated do not need a booster shot at this time. A booster is a third shot of an extra dose of the vaccine. Currently, the science does not show that we need a booster shot now. However, the CDC, FDA and National Institutes of Health (NIH) will continue to research and review new data to consider if or when a booster might be necessary in the future. In conclusion, people in the U.S. who have received the recommended doses of vaccine do not need any more shots at this time.