Confused about whether to get a booster? Health experts share what they’re telling friends and family

Bernadette Boden-Albala, director [and founding dean] of the public-health program at the University of California, Irvine, said she’s giving out the same recommendations as the CDC. She underscored the need for pregnant people to consider boosters, since the risk of dying from COVID-19 is nearly twice as high for pregnant women as for nonpregnant women. “The rates of death among women who ended up with COVID who were pregnant are just really scary,” Boden-Albala said. “My daughter was pregnant pre-vaccine and it’s a scary, scary thing.”