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Infectious Diseases Experts: “Don’t Wait to Be Boosted”

Only 4% of eligible people have received updated bivalent boosters since the vaccines were authorized in early September. IDSA urges everyone who is eligible to get boosted now as COVID-19 cases increase in Europe and other parts of the world — a sign that a surge could happen in the United States. 

The updated boosters are safe and effective against the dominant strains of COVID-19 currently circulating in the United States. All COVID-19 vaccines meet rigorous scientific standards for safety, efficacy and manufacturing quality set forth by the Food and Drug Administration. Numerous peer-reviewed analyses of data from clinical trials and observational studies conducted in multiple countries in diverse populations support the ongoing use of these vaccines for protection against COVID-19. These vaccines are continuously monitored for safety and efficacy, and to date there is no credible scientific evidence supporting increased rates of cardiac-related death in any population due to COVID-19 vaccines.

Getting boosted is the best way to protect oneself against serious illness, hospitalization and death, and helps protect young children and those who are immunocompromised against COVID-19.

IDSA provides answers to common questions about the COVID vaccines and boosters in the following infographic and FAQ:

Why Should I Get a COVID-19 Booster?

COVID-19 Bivalent Booster Vaccine FAQs 

About IDSA
The Infectious Diseases Society of America is a community of more than 12,000 physicians, scientists and public health experts who specialize in infectious diseases. Its purpose is to improve the health of individuals, communities and society by promoting excellence in patient care, education, research, public health and prevention relating to infectious diseases. Learn more at

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