As of November 4, 2021: Everyone 5 and older is now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
What is the Delta variant?
Variants are normal. All viruses mutate and change in order to create stronger, more harmful versions of themselves. This is called a variant.
The Delta variant is 2 to 3 times more contagious than the original virus and spreads quickly. Over 90% of new cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. are caused by the Delta variant. The vaccines are our best protection against all variants of COVID-19 including Delta.
It’s rare for vaccinated people to get COVID-19, but if that happens the vaccine makes it much less likely that you’ll get sick, feel symptoms or end up in the hospital.
Sometimes a vaccinated person who isn’t sick or showing symptoms can spread the virus. The best way to protect ourselves and our communities against COVID-19 and variants like Delta is by getting vaccinated and wearing masks in crowds and gatherings.