COVID-19 vaccine update: No booster shots currently recommended

Our organization continually monitors and weighs the latest scientific data to offer guidance about COVID-19. The safety of our patients and caregivers is always our top priority.

Currently, the Delta variant of COVID-19 is causing infection rates in the U.S. to rise, raising some questions about a need for a booster. However, to date, the data shows all three available COVID-19 vaccines are effective against this variant.

The two-dose Pfizer mRNA vaccine has been reported to be 79-87.9% effective against symptomatic infection caused by the Delta variant, and 96% effective in preventing infection-related hospitalization. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson have also reported high levels of antibodies produced against the Delta variant and against other COVID-19 variants.

In keeping with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s American Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), no vaccine booster shots are currently recommended for those already fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As the ACIP does not currently recommend boosters for COVID-19 vaccinations, we are not offering them at this time. Should booster shots become necessary, however, we will act accordingly.

We will continue to monitor and follow guidance from the ACIP regarding the need for booster shots, and we will share new information as it becomes available.

Need to get vaccinated?

We strongly encourage all adults and children age 12 and older to receive their vaccine, as it’s our best defense against COVID-19 and the best hope for ending this pandemic. Thankfully, we have safe and effective vaccines available to all U.S. individuals 12 years and older.

We are currently offering two vaccines at Cleveland Clinic locations: the two-dose Pfizer vaccine series and one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Any Ohioan 12 years or older can schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at one of our dedicated vaccine clinic locations through MyChart or by calling 216.448.4117, Tuesday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.