There are 3 vaccines licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). All 3 vaccines protect against COVID-19. Vaccine recommendations are based on age, time since last dose, and in some cases, the first vaccine received. People who stay up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccines are better protected against severe illness from COVID-19 than those who have not gotten it. COVID-19 vaccine recommendations will continue to be updated as needed. CDC recommends the 2023–2024 updated COVID-19 vaccines for everyone 6 months of age and older.
People ages 12 years and older have the option of receiving either the updated (2023–2024 Formula) mRNA (Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech) or updated (2023–2024 Formula) Novavax vaccine.
Last Reviewed: October 18, 2023