COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Equity Project’s Statement on BoostersJuly 27, 2021
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, there has been discussion around the potential need for “booster shots” of the COVID-19 vaccine. Throughout the pandemic there have been ongoing clinical studies to monitor the safety and efficacy of the approved vaccines. The research has shown that all of the approved vaccines remain highly effective against the virus and the variants that have emerged to date. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the FDA have not established the need for COVID-19 booster doses.
While it is important to have conversations about boosters and to be prepared for any future need, it is critical that we continue to encourage family and friends to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
In a recent statement, the CDC and FDA said:
“People who are fully vaccinated are protected from severe disease and death, including from the variants currently circulating in the country such as Delta. People who are not vaccinated remain at risk. Virtually all COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths are among those who are unvaccinated. We encourage Americans who have not yet been vaccinated to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect themselves and their community….Americans who have been fully vaccinated do not need a booster shot at this time.”