Our top priority remains staying ahead of the virus and protecting New Yorkers from COVID-19 with safe, effective, and long-lasting vaccines, especially in the context of a constantly changing virus and epidemiological landscape.
COVID-19 vaccines are working very well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death – and our federal health and medical experts have been analyzing the scientific data closely understand how long the protection from infection and severe illness will last and how we might maximize this protection.
For eligible New Yorkers, a booster dose is safe and continues to provide strong protection against severe outcomes.
According to CDC data from the recent Omicron surge, those who were boosted were 21-times less likely to die from COVID-19 compared to those who were unvaccinated, and 7-times less likely to be hospitalized.
That’s why the New York State Department of Health and CDC recommend that all eligible adults and adolescents, and children five years and older remain up to date and receive all doses in the primary series and all boosters recommended for you, when eligible.
Additional Doses for Immunocompromised New Yorkers
- New Yorkers that are 6 months of age and older and are moderately or severely immunocompromised (have a weakened immune system), you are at increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness and death.
- Additionally, your immune response to COVID-19 vaccination may not be as strong as in people who are not immunocompromised.
- As with vaccines for other diseases, you are protected best when you stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines.
- You can self-attest to your moderately or severely immunocompromised status. This means that you do not need any documentation of your status in order to receive COVID-19 vaccine doses wherever they are offered.
- Find more information on COVID-19 vaccines for moderately or severely immunocompromised people.