Are the vaccines effective against variants?

Yes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the COVID-19 vaccines offer protection against infection by most variants. Most important, they have prevented serious illness, hospitalization, and death, even at a time when new variants are spreading around the world.

11/29//21: The emergence of the Omicron variant further emphasizes the importance of vaccination, boosters, and other prevention efforts needed to protect against COVID-19. While there is much to learn about the Omicron variant, we do know that COVID-19 vaccines are our best tool to avoid serious illness & hospitalization.  

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1. Can I get a booster shot of the COVID vaccine?
2. Will the COVID vaccines protect me from variants like Omicron?
3. How soon after having COVID can I get vaccinated?
4. Why should I get vaccinated if I've already had COVID-19?
5. What do I do if I lose my vaccine card?
6. Can I stop wearing a mask and following public health protocols if I am vaccinated?
7. After getting vaccinated, do I still need to quarantine after possible exposures?
8. Can I still catch COVID after being vaccinated? Can I still spread COVID after being vaccinated?
9. After I’ve gotten vaccinated, how long will it take to get immunity?
10. Will I still be protected if I only get one dose? Why is important to get the second dose?
11. Will I have to get vaccinated for COVID-19 every year, like the flu? How long is the vaccine effective at protecting me?
12. If I get symptoms shortly after I’ve been vaccinated, should I get tested?
13. What is community immunity or herd immunity? How many people need to get vaccinated to develop community immunity from COVID-19?
14. Are the vaccines effective against variants?