Friday, January 7, 2022

CDC Expands Booster Shot Eligibility and Strengthens Recommendations for 12-17 Year Olds

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January 7, 2022
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CDC Expands Booster Shot Eligibility and Strengthens Recommendations for 12-17 Year Olds

CDC now recommends that adolescents age 12 to 17 years old should receive a booster shot 5 months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination series.


Data show that COVID-19 boosters help broaden and strengthen protection against Omicron and other SARS-CoV-2 variants. ACIP reviewed the available safety data following the administration of over 25 million vaccine doses in adolescents; COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.


At this time, only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized and recommended for adolescents aged 12-17.


For some immunocompromised children aged 5-11 years old, CDC recommends an additional dose of thePfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to complete the primary series – a total of three doses.


Learn more about myths and facts or get answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccines for children.



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Isolation and Quarantine

CDC has been monitoring the emerging science on when and for how long a person is maximally infectious with Omicron, as well as the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines and booster doses against Omicron infection.


CDC has updated COVID-19 isolation and quarantine recommendations with shorter isolation (for asymptomatic and mildly ill people) and quarantine periods of 5 days to focus on the period when a person is most infectious, followed by continued masking for an additional 5 days.


With the recommended shorter isolation and quarantine periods, it is critical that people continue to wear well-fitting masks and take additional precautions for 5 days after leaving isolation or quarantine.


You can end isolation after 5 full days if you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have improved.


Mask use and layered prevention strategies, such as receiving all recommended vaccination and booster doses, physical distancing, screening testing, handwashing, and improved ventilation, are key to preventing COVID-19 and decreasing transmission.



Stay Up to Date with Your Vaccines

CDC recommends that people remain up to date with their vaccines, which includes additional doses for individuals who are immunocompromised or booster doses at regular time points. Individuals who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should get an additional primary shot and a booster shot.


Studies show after getting vaccinated against COVID-19, protection decreases over time and may also be decreased due to changes in circulating variants. The recent emergence of the Omicron variant further increases the importance of vaccination and boosters to protect against COVID-19.


Current surveillance data from the United States demonstrate that it is critically important for people to remain up to date with CDC’s vaccine recommendations. In November, those who were unvaccinated were more than 3 times more likely to test positive for infection compared to those who were vaccinated and more than 9 times likely compared to those who were boosted.



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COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are rapidly increasing across the United States, due largely to the highly contagious Omicron variant. CDC recently updated its quarantine and isolation recommendations for people who have COVID-19 or have been exposed.


  


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

January 7, 2022

US states, territories, and District of Columbia have reported 58,689,973 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, January 4, 2022

Isolation and Quarantine

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Isolation and Quarantine 

CDC has updated isolation and quarantine recommendations for the public. These recommendations do not apply to healthcare personnel and do not supersede state, local, tribal, of territorial laws, rules, and regulations.


People with COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days and if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), follow that by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others.


Recommendations for people who are exposed to COVID-19 are also updated. If you are unvaccinated or more than 6 months out from your second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and you are not yet boosted, CDC recommends a quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days. If a 5-day quarantine is not feasible, it is imperative that an exposed person wear a well-fitting mask at all times when around others for 10 days after exposure.


People who have received their booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure. For all those exposed, best practice would also include a test for COVID-19 at day 5 after exposure. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.



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Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccination and Children

Everyone ages 5 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible.


COVID-19 vaccines are free to all people living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status.


Check with your child’s healthcare provider about whether they offer COVID-19 vaccination.


Check your local pharmacy’s website to see if vaccination walk-ins or appointments are available for children.



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COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots

Vaccines are working very well to protect against severe illness, hospitalization, and death, but effectiveness against infection decreases over time.


The Omicron variant spreads more easily than the original virus. Boosters increase your protection from COVID-19, including variants. Get a booster shot 6 months after your Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna series, or 2 months after your Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen shot.


Bring your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record card to your booster shot appointment so your provider can add information about your booster dose. If you did not receive a card, contact the vaccination site where you got your first shot or your state health department to find out how you can get a card.


To find a COVID-19 vaccine or booster search vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you.



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Improve How Your Mask Protects You

Masks help protect against variants.


Everyone should continue to wear a mask in indoor public places in areas of high or substantial community transmission, regardless of vaccination status.


In areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.


Correct and consistent mask use is a critical step everyone can take to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19. Masks work best when everyone wears them, but not all masks provide the same protection. When choosing a mask, look at how well it fits, how well it filters the air, and how many layers it has.

 


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

December 30, 2021

US states, territories, and District of Columbia have reported 53,795,407 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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CDC Expands Booster Shot Eligibility and Strengthens Recommendations for 12-17 Year Olds

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