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CDC releases new COVID-19 vaccine recommendations for 2024-2025


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently updated its guidelines for the COVID-19 vaccine, endorsing the new 2024-2025 formula to combat the ongoing threat of the virus. With the United States experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases due to the FLiRT variants, the updated vaccine aims to address these new challenges.

What’s new in the 2024-2025 COVID-19 vaccine?

This year’s COVID-19 vaccine is formulated to target the KP.2 lineage, which is currently prevalent. While the base formulation remains consistent with previous versions, adjustments have been made to enhance protection against newer strains. Notably, the Novavax vaccine will also target the JN.1 variant, despite its lower prevalence, due to its unique production process.

Who should get vaccinated?

The CDC strongly recommends that everyone 6 months and older receive the updated vaccine. This includes those previously vaccinated and those who have never received a COVID-19 vaccine. The emphasis is on protecting the individuals and the community at large, especially as we approach the fall and winter seasons.

Availability of the vaccine

While there is no confirmed release date, the updated COVID-19 vaccines from Moderna, Novavax, and Pfizer are expected to be available by fall. This timeline is crucial to ensure the public has access before peak respiratory virus season.

The importance of vaccination

Despite the availability of vaccines, many Americans have hesitated to receive their shots. However, experts like William Schaffner, M.D., and Thomas Russo, M.D., emphasize the critical nature of vaccination. According to Dr. Schaffner, the CDC’s advisory committee has thoroughly reviewed the data, confirming that vaccination significantly reduces the risk of severe illness and hospitalization across all age groups, including children.

Dr. Russo adds that the evolving nature of the virus and its variants makes it imperative to stay updated with vaccinations. The upcoming vaccine targets the most threatening strains and helps indirectly protect vulnerable populations through herd immunity.


As the CDC rolls out its new vaccine recommendations, it is vital for everyone, particularly those at higher risk, to consider vaccination. Staying informed and prepared can help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 as we continue to navigate through the pandemic.