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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 protect the overall population and those most vulnerable, COVID-19 vaccines are recommended, readily available and effective at protecting people from getting severe COVID-19 illness. People who are up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines have the best available protection against COVID-19.
We encourage everyone to be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines.
COVID-19 vaccines are recommended and available for everyone 6 months and older. We know the vaccines are effective in preventing severe COVID illness and those who are vaccinated and boosted are much less likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19. For this reason, the American Lung Association urges you to be up to date with your vaccinations, which means you have received all vaccines you are eligible for including all primary series doses and recommended boosters.
Everyone 6 months and older are eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
- All recommended COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and reduce your risk of severe illness.
- You are considered up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines when you have completed a COVID-19 vaccine primary series and received the most recent booster dose recommended for you.
- Updated booster vaccines are available. Use CDC’s COVID-19 booster tool to learn when you are eligible for boosters. Your healthcare provider can also help you determine when should receive a booster vaccine.
COVID-19 Vaccine Progress to Date in the U.S.
Protection Against Serious Illness & Hospitalization
Vaccines not only provide protection against COVID-19 but can also help prevent serious illness and hospitalization if you do get sick. In December, we saw higher rates of COVID-19-associated hospitalizations in unvaccinated adults compared to vaccinated adults who received an updated COVID-19 bivalent booster in each group shown below:
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Get answers to common and evolving questions around COVID-19 vaccines.
The CDC recommends everyone eligible to stay up to date on their COVID vaccination, including getting an updated booster 2 months after your last COVID vaccine. On December 9, 2022 CDC provided updated recommendations for COVID-19 boosters expanding the use to the youngest age group of children, 6 months to 5 years. For children age 6 months to 5 years who get the Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, the updated bivalent vaccine has become part of the primary series as the third dose rather than a separate booster.
Anyone eligible can get either updated booster regardless of the manufacturer (Pfizer, Novavax, Moderna or Janssen) of your most recent dose.
The updated COVID-19 boosters are bivalent. This means that they:
- Boost immunity against the original coronavirus strain and
- Provide protection against the newer Omicron variants that have been circulating and account for most COVID-19 cases.
They are intended to provide better protection against COVID-19. This new updated booster replaces the existing monovalent vaccine booster for individuals 5+.
The U.S. has an established vaccine safety system that ensures all vaccines are as safe as possible. The safety of a COVID-19 vaccine is a top priority. Learn more about how federal partners are ensuring that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe.
Register for V-Safe After Vaccine Health Checker
Use your smartphone to tell CDC about any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. You’ll also get reminders if you need a second vaccine dose. Learn more and register.
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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: March 17, 2023