Your COVID-19 Questions Answered: VA is listening to and answering your questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

What does being “up to date” with COVID-19 vaccination mean?

Being up to date with COVID-19 vaccination means getting your initial vaccine series and all recommended boosters when you’re eligible.

You already know that the best way to protect yourself and those you care about from COVID-19 is to get your COVID-19 vaccine. In addition to getting your initial series, you’re best protected when you stay up to date with your boosters too.

The CDC recommends vaccines, including boosters, for everyone over 5 years old. People over age 50, and those over age 12 who have a weakened immune system, should get 2 booster doses. Most others should get one booster dose.

Not sure if you’re eligible for a booster dose or want to check when you’ll become eligible? Use the new vaccine booster tool on the CDC website to learn when you need booster doses based on your age, health conditions and vaccine history. Review COVID-19 booster guidelines on the CDC website for more information.

Why should I stay “up to date” with my COVID-19 vaccination?

Booster doses help to maintain and reinforce your body’s protection against COVID-19. You’re less likely to become infected when you’re up to date with your vaccine and any booster doses. Most importantly, staying up to date greatly reduces your risk of severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19.

CDC statistics show that during March 2022, unvaccinated people over age 12 had a 17 times greater risk of death from COVID-19 than those who received a booster dose. Staying up to date is simply the best way to provide yourself and those you care about with the maximum level of protection from COVID-19.

Want more questions answered? Read more about COVID-19 cases and deaths by vaccination status on the CDC website.

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Check future blog posts to have your COVID-19 and vaccine questions answered. And remember to follow good health habits in the meantime. To keep it simple, follow the three W’s: Wear your mask, wash your hands and watch your distance from others.

If you need to schedule a vaccination appointment, you can use CDC or VA tools to find the right location for you.

Find a COVID-19 vaccine near you on the Vaccines.gov website.

Find a VA health facility near you that offers COVID-19 vaccines.

References

COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters | CDC.

CDC COVID Data Tracker: Rates of COVID-19 Cases and Deaths by Vaccination Status.

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