Massachusetts Medical Society: Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines from the CDC

Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines from the CDC

Frequently Asked Questions about the COVID-19 vaccines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for everyone ages 6 months and older in the United States for the prevention of COVID-19.

  • COVID-19 vaccines help protect against severe illness, hospitalization and death. COVID-19 vaccines also help protect against infection.

  • People who are vaccinated may still get COVID-19. When people who have been vaccinated get COVID-19, they are much less likely to experience severe symptoms than people who are unvaccinated.

  • You are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines when you have received all doses in the primary series and all boosters recommended for you, when eligible.

  • Vaccine recommendations are different depending on your age, the vaccine you first received, and time since last dose.

  • To get the best protection against COVID-19, especially against severe illness and hospitalization, stay up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines. People ages 6 months+ who live, work, or study in Massachusetts should get their primary series of the COVID-19 vaccine. People ages 5+ should get a booster, if eligible.

  • Use the Massachusetts VaxFinder to search for a vaccination location and view appointment availability.

  • Free treatments for COVID-19 can help prevent hospitalization and reduce your chance for severe disease.

The Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Initiative works with the populations and communities hardest hit by COVID-19 to increase awareness and acceptance of the vaccine, access to vaccination locations, and vaccine administration rates. The approach is driven by community needs and is centered on equity, a core pillar of the state’s vaccine distribution plan, and is informed by the state’s  COVID-19 Health Equity Advisory Group and the Vaccine Advisory Group.

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