As COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, many people are wondering whether they should get a COVID booster shot now. The decision to get a booster shot ultimately depends on several factors, including an individual’s age, health status, and risk factors for severe illness.

Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 receive a booster shot at least six months after their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine. The booster shot is intended to increase protection against the virus, particularly as new variants emerge.

The CDC also notes that people at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, such as older adults and those with underlying medical conditions, may benefit from getting a booster shot sooner.