Four reasons to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster

January is a month when Americans are making New Year’s resolutions that often include pledges to take steps for better health. The New Year is also a great time to wish good health on others and you, and COVID vaccines and boosters can go a long way to making the New Year healthy for everyone.

Here are the top reasons to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster early in 2022:

Boosters provide increased protection over time and against new variants

COVID-19 vaccines continue to work very well at preventing serious illness, hospitalization, and death. A booster shot is another dose that boosts—as the name suggests—immunity to the virus as time passes, and it offers additional protection against variants like Delta and Omicron. Vaccinated people who have also had a booster are less likely to get sick; but if they do catch the virus, the illness is usually less severe, even with the variants. Everyone ages 12 and up should get a booster.

Limiting the spread of COVID-19 through boosters can help control the pandemic

 The more a virus spreads, the more likely it is to mutate, increasing the chances of the development of more contagious and dangerous variants. As more people get COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, the spread of the virus will be limited, reducing the chance of new variants emerging. The best way to control COVID-19 and prevent variants is for more vaccinated people to get boosters.

Boosters are easy to get and available to all

Just like the vaccines, booster shots are available at no cost to anyone living in the U.S. Anyone who got the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine should get a booster in five months, and those vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should get a booster two months after the initial vaccination. Vaccinated adults 18 years and older may choose any available vaccine as a booster, regardless of the type or brand of vaccine received previously; only the Pfizer vaccine is available as a booster for those ages 12 to 17.

Boosters are safe and easy to get and are a great first step to a healthy 2022. For more information and to find a vaccine, visit

(We Can Do This COVID-19 Public Education Campaign of US Department of Health and Human Services is an initiative to increase confidence in COVID-19 vaccines and reinforce basic prevention measures)

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