CDC Recommends Additional Dose of Updated COVID-19 Vaccine for Older Adults

Feb 28, 2024

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) formalized a recommendation that adults ages 65 years and older should receive an additional updated 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine dose. The recommendation from the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) acknowledges the increased risk of severe disease from COVID-19 in older adults, along with the currently available data on vaccine effectiveness.

Previous CDC recommendations ensured that people who are immunocompromised are already eligible for additional doses of the  COVID-19 vaccine.

Data continues to show the importance of vaccination to protect those most at risk for severe outcomes of COVID-19. An additional dose of the updated COVID-19 vaccine may restore protection that has waned since a fall vaccine dose, providing increased protection to adults ages 65 years and older.

Adults 65 years and older are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, with more than half of COVID-19 hospitalizations during October 2023 to December 2023 occurring in this age group.

CDC and ACIP will continue to monitor COVID-19 vaccine safety and effectiveness. CDC continues to recommend that everyone stay up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines, especially people with weakened immune systems.