On February 11, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the data from two CDC reports indicate that COVID-19 vaccine booster shots continue to be safe and are highly effective against severe COVID-19 disease over time.
The data for the first report was from vaccine safety monitoring systems, v-safe, and the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). In this set of data, CDC found that individuals 18 years and older experienced fewer adverse reactions following the booster dose than they did after their second dose of mRNA vaccine in people who received the same mRNA vaccine brand for all their vaccinations. Data also indicated that medical care was rarely received after a booster dose.
The data from the second study shows that the booster dose of mRNA vaccine provides high levels of protection against severe COVID-19 disease, even months after administration. In this study, the data from 93,000 hospitalizations, 241,000 emergency department and urgent care visits across 10 states during the Delta and Omicron waves were examined. Results show that about 10 percent of people were boosted and over 50 percent of people hospitalized were over 65 years old. Data also supports the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 boosters. It is recommended that eligible receive COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters, to ensure the best protection against COVID-19 hospitalizations and death. Read more.
Getting vaccinated and helping to protect elders, young children, and other who cannot receive the vaccines is an Act of Love, because combatting COVID-19 is a group effort.