Getting fully vaccinated and the COVID booster shot are still the best protection from COVID-19. While scientists investigate how effective current vaccines are against the Omicron variant, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends everyone five years and older protect themselves from COVID by getting fully vaccinated and that everyone 18 and older get a booster shot at least two months after their initial J & J vaccine or six months after completing the Moderna or Pfizer series.
Scientists say that because Omicron has many more mutations than the original COVID-19 virus or the Delta variant it most likely will spread more easily. Existing vaccines have been effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death but, as we have seen with the Delta variant, breakthrough infections do occur in people who are fully vaccinated, and scientists say that will likely be the case with Omicron.
Other tools to protect against Omicron include masks and testing. CDC still recommends wearing a mask in public indoor setting, especially in large groups, even if you’re vaccinated. COVID-19 testing has proven effective at preventing transmission. If you have been exposed to COVID, please get tested, even if you do not have symptoms.
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