Monday, April 25, 2022

COVID-19 Vaccines for People Vaccinated Outside the United States

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
April 25, 2022
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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COVID-19 Vaccines for People Vaccinated Outside the United States

For the best protection, CDC recommends everyone stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, including people who received a COVID-19 vaccine outside of the United States. A person is up to date with their COVID-19 vaccination if they have received all recommended doses in the primary series and one booster when eligible.

Specific recommendations for people vaccinated outside of the United States depend on whether:
  • The vaccine(s) received are accepted in the United States
  • The primary series was completed
  • A booster dose was received
For people who received an accepted COVID-19 vaccine outside the United States, the next step is to determine if they completed the primary series or not.

People vaccinated outside of the United States completed the primary series if they:
People vaccinated outside of the United States who completed the primary series should receive a booster when eligible.

People vaccinated outside of the United States who have not completed the primary series as described above do not have to start the primary series over. They should get one primary series dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna). If the first dose was an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, it would be best to get the same vaccine again to complete the primary series. They should also receive a booster when eligible.

*CDC does not recommend mixing different COVID-19 vaccines for the primary series but is aware that this is increasingly common in many countries outside of the United States. Therefore, for the interpretation of vaccination records, people who received a mixed primary series have completed the primary series.

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Quarantine and Isolation Calculator FAQ

CDC Quarantine and Isolation Calculator is a tool to help people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 or have COVID-19 to determine if they need to isolate, quarantine, or take other steps to prevent spreading COVID-19.

To use the tool:
  • People with COVID-19 who do not have symptoms need to know the date they were tested for COVID-19
  • People with COVID-19 who have symptoms need to know the date their symptoms began
  • Close contacts need to know the date they last came into close contact with someone with COVID-19
Answers to frequently asked questions about the Quarantine and Isolation Calculator are available for those who want to learn more about the tool.
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COVID-19 Vaccines for People Who Would Like to Have a Baby

COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for people who are trying to get pregnant now or might become pregnant in the future, as well as their partners.


People who are trying to get pregnant now or might become pregnant in the future should stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines, including getting a COVID-19 booster shot when it’s time to get one.


There is currently no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems (problems trying to get pregnant) in women or men.


COVID-19 can make you very sick during pregnancy. Additionally, if you have COVID-19 during pregnancy, you are at increased risk of complications that can affect your pregnancy and developing baby.


Evidence continues to grow showing that COVID-19 vaccination is safe and effective during pregnancy. Learn more by visiting COVID-19 Vaccines While Pregnant or Breastfeeding.


COVID-19 vaccines are undergoing the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history. Data continue to accumulate and show that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective for use before and during pregnancy.

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COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review

Throughout the pandemic, the U.S. has experienced waves of COVID-19 caused by different variants. CDC closely tracks variant trends and their impact on public health. 

COVID-19 Community Levels

CDC uses COVID-19 Community Levels to determine the disease’s impact on counties and recommend prevention measures.


CDC also tracks cases, laboratory tests, vaccinations, deaths, and other pandemic data and provides them on our COVID Data Tracker.


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Monday, April 18, 2022

When to Get Tested for COVID-19

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
April 18, 2022
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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When to Get Tested for COVID-19

Get tested for COVID-19:
  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms
  • At least 5 days after known or suspected close contact to COVID-19
  • For screening (schools, workplaces, congregate settings, etc.)
  • Before and after travel
  • When asked by a healthcare professional or public health official
Attending an upcoming event or gathering? Reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 by getting tested as close to the event date as possible.

Self-tests are one of several options for testing for the virus that causes COVID-19 and may be more convenient than laboratory-based tests and point-of-care tests.

If you have had COVID-19 in the past 90 days and recovered, you do not need to be tested unless you develop new symptoms.

The Coronavirus Self-Checker is an interactive clinical assessment tool that can help you decide when to seek testing or medical care if you think you have COVID-19 or have come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

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Stay up to date with COVD-19 vaccinations

COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting people from getting seriously ill, being hospitalized, and even dying—especially people who are boosted.

As with vaccines for other diseases, you are protected best when you stay up to date. CDC recommends that everyone ages 5 years and older get their primary series of COVID-19 vaccine, and everyone ages 12 years and older also receive a booster.

A person is fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving all recommended doses in the primary series of their COVID-19 vaccination.

A person is up to date with their COVID-19 vaccination if they have received all recommended doses in the primary series and one booster when eligible. Some people can receive two boosters. Getting a second booster is not necessary to be considered up to date at this time.
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Your COVID-19 vaccination card 

At your first vaccination appointment, you should get a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination card that tells you what COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date you received it, and where you received it.


Keep your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination card for future use. Consider taking a picture of your card after your vaccination appointment as a backup copy.


Bring your card to your appointment whenever you get an additional dose or booster so that your provider can fill in information about your shot.


If you have lost your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination card or don’t have a copy, contact your vaccination provider directly to request a vaccination card or to get a copy of your vaccination record.

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COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review

If you’ve delayed or avoided medical care during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s time to jump back in. Put “get a checkup” on your to-do list, especially if you’re at risk for heart disease. 

COVID-19 Community Levels

CDC uses COVID-19 Community Levels to determine the disease’s impact on counties and recommend prevention measures.


CDC also tracks cases, laboratory tests, vaccinations, deaths, and other pandemic data and provides them on our COVID Data Tracker.

U.S. map showing COVID-19 Community Levels

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