COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States are effective at protecting people from getting seriously ill, being hospitalized, and dying. As with other vaccine-preventable diseases, you are best protected best from COVID-19 when you stay up to date with the recommended vaccinations. COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and free.
- For more information, visit Vaccines.gov
Updated Vaccine Recommendations
CDC recommends everyone stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines for their age group:
- Everyone 6 years and older
- Children aged 6 months – 5 years
- The updated vaccines are called “updated” because they protect against both the original virus that causes COVID-19 and the Omicron variant BA.4 and BA.5. Two COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, have developed updated COVID-19 vaccines. Previous COVID-19 vaccines are called “original” because they were designed to protect against the original virus that causes COVID-19.
- As of April 18, 2023, the original Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are no longer authorized for use by the FDA in the United States. Updated Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are being used for all age groups. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine after you recover from COVID-19 infection provides added protection against COVID-19.
Vaccines authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) currently include:
- Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines which are mRNA vaccines.
- Novavax COVID-19 vaccine which is a protein subunit vaccine.
- J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, a viral vector vaccine, has expired and is no longer available for use in the United States as of May 6, 2023.
COVID-19 Treatments and Medications
COVID-19 medications are now available through your doctor, local pharmacies, and health clinics.
- Medications to treat COVID-19 must be prescribed by a healthcare provider and started as soon as possible after diagnosis or when symptoms first develop to be effective. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home. You can treat symptoms with over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), to help you feel better.
- Use the tool below to find a location that is right for you.
- COVID-19 Test to Treat Locator English.
If you have specific questions regarding your personal health conditions and the vaccine, we ask that you speak with your personal healthcare provider for more guidance.
Visit CDC’s COVID-19 vaccines website to view additional resources.