Yes, COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are safe for people living with chronic lung disease and/or asthma.


Many people in South Africa have damaged lungs because of previous TB infection, working in mines, smoking, or breathing in smoke from fires. COVID-19 affects the lungs and can cause pneumonia, so people with damaged lungs are at greater risk of severe illness or death if they catch COVID-19. 


That’s why it is very important that people living with any lung disease have all the recommended COVID-19 vaccine doses, including the boosters.