Boosters Protect: Learn About This Important Part of the Process to Protect Yourself and Loved Ones

Updated June 1, 2022


We have come a long way in the last year since marking the important milestone of the first COVID-19 vaccines being available in the United States. But even as we acknowledge this moment – and the innovation that got us to where we are – we continue to face the risk of new variants, more questions and uncertainty, and renewed calls for vaccinations and boosters as the best way to keep us healthy and to put the pandemic behind us.


The Partnership to Fight Infectious Disease (PFID) has sought to serve as a resource for credible information on the COVID-19 vaccines, and as such, we want to highlight the latest information out of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding COVID-19 boosters.


Currently, CDC recommends that everyone age 5 and older should receive a COVID-19 booster as outlined in this chart.

As new information continues to become available, we want to share this helpful site from the CDC about who, when and where you should get your booster.


It’s important to note that, if you are 18 years or older, you may choose which COVID-19 vaccine to receive as a booster. According to the CDC, people may prefer the original vaccine they received while others may prefer to get a different vaccine as their booster. Mixing and matching doses for booster shots is allowed by the CDC but, as always, consult a physician with any personal questions.


The fight against COVID-19 isn’t over. With new variants emerging, the time is now to learn more about booster options and to speak with a healthcare provider about getting a booster vaccine.


You can also check back here on the PFID website where we have additional resources such as an FAQ page and dedicated page to COVID-19 vaccines.


Vaccines remain the single best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from this virus, and the boosters are part of that process.