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The Path to Defeating COVID‑19
As the trusted champion for lung health, the American Lung Association is focused on slowing the spread and defeating COVID-19. To further protect the overall population and those most vulnerable, we need a sufficiently high proportion of the population to get vaccinated to stop coronavirus transmission. The introduction of COVID-19 vaccines gives us hope.
We encourage everyone to consider getting a vaccine once one is available to them.
Get answers to common and evolving questions around a COVID-19 vaccine.
Yes. So far, studies suggest that the currently available vaccines work on variants circulating across the U.S. and globe. Many of the more common variants allow the virus to spread more easily, making it especially important to get vaccinated as soon as possible. If you are not yet fully vaccinated, protect yourself by following recommendations for wearing a face mask and maintaining social distance. And maintain good health practices such as washing your hands and avoiding unnecessary exposure to people who are sick.
You can view reports from the CDC showing which variants are currently most common in the United States.
While there is no preference to the three available vaccines, they are not interchangeable. If you begin your vaccination series with the Pfizer vaccine your second dose should be Pfizer, and if you begin with the Moderna vaccine your second dose should be Moderna. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one dose.
New guidance from the CDC recommends mask wearing in public indoor settings if you are in an area with substantial or high transmission. You can check community transmission using CDC's Data Tracker. Other reasons to consider wearing a mask when inside public indoor settings include if you are immunocompromised, at increased risk for severe disease or have someone in your home who is one of those or not fully vaccinated. Vaccination remains the best protection against severe illness from COVID-19, yet rising cases and hospitalizations caused by the highly transmittable Delta variant warrant further protection against the growing community spread occurring in much of the country.
The American Lung Association urges members of the public to always consult with their own healthcare providers about whether this or any vaccine is appropriate for them.
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Page last updated: September 16, 2021