IDSA Welcomes New, Streamlined COVID-19 Vaccination Schedule
New recommendations call for additional bivalent dose for people 65+ or immunocompromised
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took an important step today to clarify when and how often individuals should receive a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. The new, streamlined vaccination schedule provides clear, actionable guidance that the public along with their health care professionals can use to make decisions about vaccination for themselves and their loved ones, including children, older adults and people who are immunocompromised.
To date, fewer than one in five people in the United States have received an updated booster vaccination for COVID-19. It is likely that some people have put off getting boosted because they did not know when they should get an additional dose or if they were eligible. Today’s announcement is intended to eliminate any confusion over frequency and eligibility and help bridge the gap to more people getting boosted against COVID-19.
Getting vaccinated and boosted remains 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.
— Carlos del Rio, MD, FIDSA – President, Infectious Diseases Society of America
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 https://www.idsociety.org/.