Should you wait for Omicron-targeting COVID-19 booster shots?

Dr. Susan Huang, who specialized in infectious disease at UCI Health in Orange County, California, said the current COVID-19 vaccines continue to provide strong protection against severe disease and hospitalization. But she said in the face of the highly transmissible Omicron subvariants, the vaccines offer limited protection against mild-to-moderate disease. “[This] suggests that all ages from 6 months and up should be given the opportunity to boost with the new multi-valent vaccine when it becomes available,” said Huang, a medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention at UCI Health and a professor of infectious diseases at UCI School of Medicine.