School Testing for COVID-19
As schools go back to in-person learning, many offer free, regular COVID-19 testing for students and staff.
Regular testing, along with COVID-19 vaccination, helps protect students, staff, family members, and others who are not currently vaccinated against COVID-19 or are at risk for getting seriously sick from COVID-19. Testing programs help keep students in the classroom and allow them to take part in activities at school they love.
COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot
COVID-19 vaccines are working very well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death, even against the widely spreading Delta variant. However, with the Delta variant, public health experts are starting to see reduced protection against mild and moderate disease. For this reason, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is planning for a booster shot so vaccinated people maintain protection over the coming months.
The goal is for people to start receiving a COVID-19 booster shot beginning in the fall, with individuals being eligible starting 8 months after they received their second dose of an mRNA vaccine (either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna). This is subject to authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and recommendation by CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume many of the activities you did before the pandemic. Even if you are fully vaccinated, you can become infected with the Delta variant and you can spread the virus to others. To reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others, if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission wear a mask indoors in public.
If you are not fully vaccinated, continue to take steps to protect yourself:
The Delta variant is more contagious than previous strains - it may cause more than 2x as many infections. Vaccines protect you from hospitalization, severe infections, and death
Delta Variant: What We Know About the Science
CDC released updated guidance on the need for urgently increasing COVID-19 vaccination coverage and a recommendation for everyone in areas of substantial or high transmission to wear a mask in public indoor places, even if fully vaccinated.
This new guidance is in response to a rapid and alarming rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations around the country, reversing a steady decline since January 2021.
New data has also emerged showing that the Delta variant is more infectious and spreads more easily than other variants, even among some vaccinated individuals.
COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review
COVID-19 vaccines authorized or approved in the United States are safe and still highly effective at reducing the risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. Some immunocompromised people don’t always reach the same level of immunity as other vaccinated people. Immunocompromised people who received a two-dose vaccine may benefit from an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine to help them build more protection.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the U.S.
August 30, 2021
US states, territories, and District of Columbia have reported 38,852,582 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.