PHILADELPHIA, October 26, 2021 – The American College of Physicians (ACP) supports COVID-19 booster doses for persons in certain age and risk groups and based on individual risk assessments, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). ACP advises patients to speak with their physicians about the COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, considering both the CDC recommendations and their personal situation to determine if a booster is advisable for them.
“Boosters are an effective way to increase immunity and, when possible, should be considered in consultation with a physician to determine the appropriate need, based on the approved criteria. And getting as many members of our society initially vaccinated remains a priority to protect the most vulnerable among us,” said George M. Abraham, MD, MPH, MACP, FIDSA, president, ACP. “Vaccines are safe and effective, they help prevent serious illness, hospitalizations and death and remain our best tool in keeping the COVID-19 pandemic controlled.”
The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization in the United States with members in more than 145 countries worldwide. ACP membership includes 161,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness. Follow ACP on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
ACP Media Contact: Andrew Hachadorian, (215) 351-2514, AHachadorian@acponline.org