COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker

Science-based information to help you stay informed about the safety, availability and updated recommendations for COVID-19 vaccination.

The Path to Defeating COVID‑19

As the trusted champion for lung health, the American Lung Association is focused on slowing the spread and defeating COVID-19. To protect the overall population and those most vulnerable, COVID-19 vaccines are recommended, readily available and effective at protecting people from getting severe COVID-19 illness. People who are up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines have the best available protection against COVID-19.

We encourage everyone to be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines.

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Dr. Rizzo, Chief Medical Officer of the American Lung Association, urges everyone 6 months and older to get vaccinated and boosted to help protect themselves and their loved ones against COVID-19. Learn more at Lung.org/Covid-19

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COVID-19 vaccines are recommended and available for everyone 6 months and older. We know the vaccines are effective in preventing severe COVID illness and those who are vaccinated and boosted are much less likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19. For this reason, the American Lung Association urges you to be up to date with your vaccinations, which means you have received all vaccines you are eligible for including all primary series doses and recommended boosters.

Everyone 6 months and older are eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

  • All recommended COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and reduce your risk of severe illness. 
  • You are considered up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines when you have completed a COVID-19 vaccine primary series and received the most recent booster dose recommended for you.
  • Updated booster vaccines are available. Use CDC’s COVID-19 booster tool to learn when you are eligible for boosters. Your healthcare provider can also help you determine when should receive a booster vaccine.

COVID-19 Vaccine Progress to Date in the U.S.

80% of the total population has received at least one dose.
68% of the total population is fully vaccinated.
49% of fully vaccinated people with a booster

You can view vaccination rates by age, geographic, race or ethnicity on this CDC Vaccine Tracker.

Protection Against Serious Illness & Hospitalization

Vaccines not only provide protection against COVID-19, but can also help prevent serious illness and hospitalization if you do get sick. In August, we saw higher rates of COVID-19-associated hospitalizations in unvaccinated people compared to fully vaccinated people in each group shown below:

5.2X Higher COVID-19-associated hospitalizations rates in unvaccinated adults ages 18 years and older.
1.7X Higher in unvaccinated children ages 5-11 years
3.4X Higher in unvaccinated adolescents ages 12-17 years
3.5X Higher in unvaccinated adults ages 18-49 years
7.4X Higher in unvaccinated adults ages 50-64 years
5.4X Higher in unvaccinated adults ages 65 years and older

What You Need to Know about Kids and COVID-19 Vaccines

Get information on vaccine availability for children and read frequently asked questions about kids and the COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccine FAQs

Get answers to common and evolving questions around COVID-19 vaccines.

On September 1, 2022 and subsequently on October 12, 2022, CDC provided updated recommendations for COVID-19 boosters. It is important for everyone eligible to be up to date on your COVID-19 vaccinations by receiving an updated booster dose at least two months after your last COVID-19 vaccination. This can include two months after completing your primary series or two months after your last booster shot.   

The updated Pfizer-BioNTech booster is recommended for individuals 5 and older, and Moderna’s booster is recommended for individuals 6 and older.   

Anyone eligible can get either updated booster regardless of the manufacturer (Pfizer, Novavax, Moderna or Janssen) of your most recent dose. 

The updated COVID-19 boosters are bivalent. This means that they:  

  • Boost immunity against the original coronavirus strain and  
  • Provide protection against the newer Omicron variants that have been circulating and account for most COVID-19 cases.   

They are intended to provide better protection against COVID-19. This new updated booster replaces the existing monovalent vaccine booster for individuals 5+.

Vaccine Safety

The U.S. has an established vaccine safety system that ensures all vaccines are as safe as possible. The safety of a COVID-19 vaccine is a top priority. Learn more about how federal partners are ensuring that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe.

Register for V-Safe After Vaccine Health Checker

Use your smartphone to tell CDC about any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. You’ll also get reminders if you need a second vaccine dose. Learn more and register.

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Webinar Recording: Updated COVID-19 Vaccination Recommendations

Calling Healthcare Providers! Join the American Lung Association and expert panelists who discuss updated COVID-19 vaccination recommendations with the addition of bivalent COVID-19 boosters, messaging, and the important role healthcare providers play in patient vaccination decision making.

The American Lung Association urges members of the public to always consult with their own healthcare providers about whether this or any vaccine is appropriate for them.

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Page last updated: November 18, 2022

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