(United States) To get another COVID booster or not? That is the question. Here is what the Center for Disease Control (CDC) says about that.
First COVID Booster
If you have had the two initial COVID vaccinations, and have not had any booster shots, the CDC reports that data continues to show the importance of vaccination and booster doses to protect individuals both from infection and severe outcomes of COVID-19.
For adults and adolescents eligible for a first booster dose, these shots are safe and provide substantial benefit.
During the recent Omicron surge, those who were boosted were 21-times less likely to die from COVID-19 compared to those who were unvaccinated, and 7-times less likely to be hospitalized.
CDC continues to recommend that all eligible adults, adolescents, and children 5 and older be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines, which includes getting an initial booster when eligible.
In fact, the federal agency's Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky explained, "Boosters are safe, and people over the age of 50 can now get an additional booster 4 months after their prior dose to increase their protection further. This is especially important for those 65 and older and those 50 and older with underlying medical conditions that increase their risk for severe disease from COVID-19 as they are the most likely to benefit from receiving an additional booster dose at this time."
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