COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker

Science-based information to help you stay informed about the safety and availability of COVID-19 vaccines.

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.

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Dr. Rizzo, Chief Medical Officer of the American Lung Association, urges everyone eligible to get vaccinated and boosted to help protect themselves and others against COVID-19.

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COVID-19 vaccines are recommended and available for everyone over five years of age. 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 vaccine status, which means vaccinated and boosted if eligible, and even one more shot if you're immune compromised.

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Everyone 5 years of age and older is now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination and booster.

  • Three vaccines are currently available. 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 received all recommended COVID-19 doses you are eligible for. This includes the primary series, additional dose for immunocompromised and booster vaccines.
  • Booster COVID-19 vaccines are available. Your booster vaccine can be the product of your choice. 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.
  • Additional doses of COVID-19 vaccines are recommended and available for moderately to severely immunocompromised persons.
  • People moderately to severely immunocompromised 12+ and people 50+ are recommended to receive a second COVID-19 booster vaccination. The second booster can be given at least 4 months after the initial booster dose to increase protection against severe COVID-19 illness.

Pfizer-BioNTech*

Eligibility:
People 5 years and older
# of doses/spacing for primary series:
2 doses, 3-8 weeks apart**
Booster Eligibility:
  • People 5 years and older
Timing of Booster:
At least 5 months after receiving primary series.

At least 3 months after receiving additional dose for moderately or severely immunocompromised people.

*(Brand name: Comirnaty)

Moderna*

Eligibility:
People 18 years and older
# of doses/spacing for primary series:
2 doses, 4-8 weeks apart**
Booster Eligibility:
  • People 18 years and older
Timing of Booster:
At least 5 months after receiving primary series.

At least 3 months after receiving additional dose for moderately or severely immunocompromised people.

*(Brand name: Spikevax)

Janssen/Johnson & Johnson

Eligibility:
People 18 years and older
# of doses/spacing for primary series:
1 dose
Booster Eligibility:
  • People 18 years and older
Timing of Booster:
At least 2 months after receiving primary dose.

1 dose of Janssen followed by 1 dose of mRNA vaccine for moderately or severely immunocompromised people.

**Timing dependent on age, community transmission and risk of severe COVID-19 illness.

COVID-19 Vaccine Progress to Date in the U.S.

77% of the total population has received at least one dose.
66% of the total population is fully vaccinated.
46% of fully vaccinated people with a booster

You can view vaccination rates by age, geographic, race or ethnicity on this CDC Vaccine Tracker.

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 March, we saw higher rates of COVID-19-associated hospitalizations in unvaccinated people compared to fully vaccinated people in each group shown below:

4.6X Higher COVID-19-associated hospitalizations rates in unvaccinated adults ages 18 years and older.
1.7X Higher in unvaccinated children ages 5-11 years
1.9X Higher in unvaccinated adolescents ages 12-17 years
3.2X Higher in unvaccinated adults ages 18-49 years
4.5X Higher in unvaccinated adults ages 50-64 years
5.3X Higher in unvaccinated adults ages 65 years and older

Where to Get Your Vaccination

COVID-19 vaccines are widely available. Check if your healthcare provider is offering COVID-19 vaccination in their clinic, contact your local or state health department (select from list below) or visit your local pharmacy to see if walk-in or appointments are available.

You can also search Vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829 or call 800-232-0233 to find a location near you.

 

What You Need to Know about Kids and COVID-19 Vaccines

Get information on vaccine availability for children and read frequently asked questions about kids and the COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccine FAQs

Get answers to common and evolving questions around a COVID-19 vaccine.

You may. A vaccine booster is recommended to anyone 5 and older who received the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

People with moderately to severely compromised immune systems are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 and may not build the same level of immunity to a two-dose vaccine series compared to people who are not immunocompromised. For these individuals, CDC recommends a 3-dose primary series of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. People with moderately to severely compromised immune systems can also receive a booster dose 3 months after their third dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Certain immunocompromised individuals and people 50+ are recommended to receive a second COVID-19 booster vaccination. The second booster can be given at least 4 months after the initial booster dose to increase protection against severe COVID-19 illness. This is especially important if you are at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness.

Speak with your healthcare provider about getting a COVID-19 booster vaccine.

For more information on booster doses visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is a type of coronavirus. Like all viruses, coronaviruses change constantly through mutation, resulting in new variants such as Omicron. The CDC closely monitors variants and has posted information about Omicron. The ways to protect yourself from coronavirus infection haven’t changed. You should be up to date on your recommended COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters. Boosters are available for everyone 5+. Continue washing your hands and stay home when you are sick. Masking provides an additional layer of protection and CDC recommends wearing a mask in public indoor settings where community transmission is substantial or high. Until you are fully vaccinated, maintain social distance from others and wear a mask around those who do not live in your household. Remember that breakthrough infections are expected in fully vaccinated people. Vaccines are effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death.

There is no exact date. The reason COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective is because there is a rigorous process all vaccines go through before they become widely available. You can learn more about how vaccines are approved at  Lung.org/vaccines.

Vaccine Safety

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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COVID-19 Hot Topics

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Better For It - COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkits

It will take all of us to bring this pandemic under control, and we invite you to download our resources to help spread the word in your community.

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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