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CDC Recommends Updated COVID-19 Vaccine for Fall/Winter Virus Season

CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) met on September 12 to vote on recommendations for the updated COVID-19 vaccines. CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get an updated COVID-19 vaccine to protect against the potentially serious outcomes of COVID-19 illness this fall and winter.

These recommendations will be described in further detail in an MMWR article scheduled to be posted online at www.cdc.gov/mmwr in the coming days.

Vaccination remains protective against the most severe illness and death caused by COVID-19, including against the XBB sublineages, which account for over 95% of the circulating virus variants in the U.S. COVID-19 vaccines also reduce the chance of having Long COVID. An important goal of vaccination is to broaden immunity, even if vaccine formulations do not perfectly match currently circulating viruses.

While there are many factors that affect the exact dates of when vaccines arrive to the public, the updated COVID-19 vaccine will be available in the United States in the coming days, providing an opportunity to get increased protection heading into the fall and winter months, when we expect transmission to be higher. Vaccines will be widely available at many healthcare providers, including pharmacies. The Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) also provides COVID‑19 vaccination support for people with disabilities. You can access DIAL by calling 1-888-677-1199 or emailing DIAL@n4a.org.  

Given the possibility of a surge of COVID-19 cases this fall and winter, we encourage providers to talk with their patients about getting the updated COVID-19 vaccine as this new vaccine more closely targets the most common variants circulating now.   

For more information on COVID-19 vaccines and to help answer any questions or concerns patients may have, please visit: 

  1. Stay Up to Date with COVID-19 Vaccines | CDC  
  2. COVID-19 Vaccines for People Who Are Moderately or Severely Immunocompromised | CDC  
  3. Overview of COVID-19 Vaccines | CDC  
  4. Webinar Tuesday, September 19, 2023 – Preparing for the Upcoming Respiratory Virus Season: Recommendations for Influenza, COVID-19, and RSV Vaccines for Older Adults (cdc.gov) 
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