Learn the latest about COVID-19 vaccination and booster shot guidelines and ways to keep your family healthy

Studies show COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are a safe and effective way to prevent COVID-19 illness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 5 years and older gets vaccinated against COVID-19.

Because protection from your original COVID‑19 vaccine can decrease over time, and because data has shown that vaccine effectiveness may be lower for newer COVID‑19 variants, the CDC also recommends a booster shot for certain individuals. 

A booster shot is an additional dose of the vaccine given after the original vaccination series. This can help increase protection against COVID‑19. Booster dose guidelines may be updated as we continue to learn how long vaccines provide protection and as new variants emerge. 

Learn more about who can get a COVID‑19 booster and when.

Do I need a booster shot if I've had COVID‑19?

Everyone who is eligible should get a COVID‑19 booster shot, even if they've already had COVID‑19. A booster dose can help increase protection that may fade from natural immunity (immunity after COVID‑19 infection).

Are COVID‑19 boosters safe?

The development of the COVID‑19 vaccines and boosters followed steps to make sure they are safe. These vaccines have been found to be safe and to help prevent against the risks of COVID‑19 infection. Some mild side effects may occur but should resolve quickly.

If your child is too young to get vaccinated or boosted, how can you help keep them safe?

The best way to keep your family safe from COVID‑19 is by ensuring everyone in your household who is eligible gets vaccinated and boosted. If you have a child too young for a COVID‑19 vaccine or booster, you can help keep them safe by getting yourself vaccinated and boosted.

You can also take other steps to prevent the spread of COVID‑19, such as:

  • Mask up and use a high quality, well-fitting mask
  • Keep hands clean by washing or sanitizing
  • Avoid crowds when possible
  • Get tested if you show any symptoms
  • Stay home when sick

See more COVID‑19 resources

Children's Health is committed to remaining a trusted source of health information and care for you and your family. See more resources to keep your family healthy at the Children's Health COVID‑19 hub.

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