Monday, September 27, 2021

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
September 27, 2021
This message includes updates on the COVID-19 response from CDC. The COVID-19 Outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.
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Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot

CDC recommends that people in the following groups should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine at least 6 months after completion of their 2-dose Pfizer series:

People who may receive a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine booster include:

  • People ages 18–49 with an underlying medical condition
  • People ages 18–64 who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission due to working or residing in certain settings

People can talk to their healthcare provider about whether getting a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shot is appropriate for them.


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Getting Your COVID-19 Vaccine

Vaccines are now widely available. In many cases, you do not need an appointment.


The federal government is providing the vaccine free of charge to all people living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status.


Around 90% of people in the United States live within 5 miles of a COVID-19 vaccine location.


You should get a vaccination card that tells you what COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date you received it, and where you received it. Keep your vaccination card in case you need it for future use. Consider taking a picture of your vaccination card as a backup copy. 



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Accessing a COVID-19 Vaccine If You Are Homebound

If you are homebound and need to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, contact your healthcare provider or your state or local health department. In many states, you may also dial 211 to connect to essential community services.


If you are not able to arrange a COVID-19 vaccination through your healthcare provider or through your state or local health department, try contacting groups that are advocates for people who are homebound:


The Aging Network at 1-800-677-1116


Search for services by ZIP code with the Eldercare Locator


Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) at 1-888-677-1199


Hotline for Medicare recipients at 1-800-633-4227 (TTY 1-877-486-2048)


You may also try contacting private home health services, personal aides, or organizations such as Meals on Wheels. Sometimes these groups can advocate for you or inform you about the services available in your area.


New Edition Out Now Friday, September 24, 2021 In this week's edition - Pediatric trends - Masks in schools Find the latest Data on CDC's COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review

COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review

Weekly hospitalization rates from COVID-19 have recently increased for children ages 11 years and younger. Hospitalization rates among children and adolescents are at their highest levels since the start of the pandemic. These increases come as many schools across the country have returned to in-person learning. Masks are important for reducing the spread of COVID-19 among children in K–12 school settings. To keep kids safe, CDC recommends masks for all students, teachers, and staff while indoors, along with COVID-19 vaccination and testing, and physical distancing. Read more in the COVID Data Tracker. 



Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the U.S.

September 27, 2021

US states, territories, and District of Columbia have reported 42,850,746 cases of COVID-19 in the United States.


CDC provides updated U.S. case information online daily.


In addition to cases, deaths, and laboratory testing, CDC's COVID Data Tracker now has a Vaccinations tab to track distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in your state.

This map shows COVID-19 cases reported by U.S. states, the District of Columbia, New York City, and other U.S.-affiliated jurisdictions

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised People and COVID-19 Vaccines

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COVID-19 Vaccines for Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised People

People with moderately to severely compromised immune systems are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 and may not build the same level of immunity to 2-dose vaccine series compared to people who are not immunocompromised. CDC recommends that people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after a second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. This additional dose is intended to improve the response of people who are immunocompromised to their initial vaccine series.


Although CDC does not recommend additional doses or booster shots for any other population at this time, HHS has announced a plan to begin offering COVID-19 vaccine booster shots this fall



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COVID-19 Prevention in Schools

As a parent or caregiver, you can and should learn more about how your school is using the CDC guidance to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Some questions you can ask your school to learn more about their COVID-19 precautions include:

  1. What prevention strategies are you currently using at school?
  2. How and when are you updating your protocols for COVID-19?
  3. Will you offer COVID-19 vaccination at the school?
  4. Are you requiring teachers, staff, or students ages 12 and older to be vaccinated against COVID-19?
  5. Will you be providing screening testing regularly?

It is also extremely important right now to teach and reinforce healthy behaviors for your children. Talk to them about the importance of masking, distancing, and frequent handwashing so that they can make choices that help keep them safer at school. 



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Types of Masks and Respirators

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) approves many types of filtering facepiece respirators. The most widely available are N95, but other types (N99, N100, P95, P99, P100, R95, R99, and R100) offer the same or better protection as an N95. When supplies are available, individuals may choose to use a basic disposable N95 respirator for personal use, instead of a mask, in some situations. CDC recommends that special N95 respirators labeled as “surgical” or “medical” should be prioritized for healthcare providers.


NIOSH and OSHA have developed a video demonstrating how to perform a user seal check and how to properly put on and take off a respirator. 



New Edition Out Now Friday September 10, 2021 In this week's edition: - COVID-19 trends - Post COVID conditions

COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review

The United States recently surpassed 40 million total COVID-19 cases. Some people experience post-COVID conditions or longer-term health conditions that can last weeks, even months. COVID-19 vaccines are the best way to prevent severe illness and death from COVID-19. Get vaccinated as soon as you can. Check out the COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review.



Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the U.S.

September 14, 2021

US states, territories, and District of Columbia have reported 41,001,157 cases of COVID-19 in the United States.


CDC provides updated U.S. case information online daily.


In addition to cases, deaths, and laboratory testing, CDC's COVID Data Tracker now has a Vaccinations tab to track distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in your state.

This map shows COVID-19 cases reported by U.S. states, the District of Columbia, New York City, and other U.S.-affiliated jurisdictions

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

1600 Clifton Rd   Atlanta, GA 30329   1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636)   TTY: 888-232-6348
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Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot

This message includes updates on the COVID-19 response from CDC. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it ...