COVID-19 omicron variant: 5 things you need to know

By Walgreens Sep 27, 2022 • 1 min.

Omicron variant

  1. The omicron variant of COVID-19 is now the most common strain of COVID-19 spreading in the United States.
  2. Studies have shown that the omicron variant spreads from person to person more easily than earlier versions of COVID-19.
  3. The COVID-19 vaccines available today offer good protection against omicron, significantly reducing the chance of severe illness, hospitalization or death from COVID-19.
  4. COVID-19 booster shots can offer increased protection, and the CDC has expanded eligibility for boosters to those age 12 and older.
  5. It's quick and easy to get vaccinated or boosted. To schedule an appointment, visit

Clinically reviewed and updated March 2022.