June 6, 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.
Understanding How COVID-19 Vaccines Work
When germs, such as the virus that causes COVID-19, invade our bodies, they attack and multiply. This invasion, called an infection, is what causes illness.
Different types of vaccines work in different ways to offer protection. But with all types of vaccines, the body is left with a supply of “memory” T-lymphocytes as well as B-lymphocytes that will remember how to fight that virus in the future.
Sometimes after vaccination, the process of building immunity can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are signs that the body is building immunity.
Talk to a doctor about taking over-the-counter medicine, such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin (only for people age 18 or older), or antihistamines for any pain and discomfort experienced after getting vaccinated.
Free COVID-19 Self-Tests
Residential households in the U.S. are now eligible for another order of free COVID-19 self- tests on USPS.com.
Self- tests for COVID-19 give rapid results and can be taken anywhere, regardless of your vaccination status or whether or not you have symptoms.
They give your result in a few minutes and are different from laboratory-based tests that may take days to return your result.
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Vaccination For Children Who Are Moderately or Severely Immunocompromised
Children ages 5 through 11 years who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should receive a total of 4 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to stay up to date.
The 4 doses include a primary series of 3 doses, plus 1 booster (4th dose), given on the schedule shown below.
Primary series number of doses: 3 doses
Booster number of doses: 1 dose
CDC does not recommend 2nd boosters for anyone in this age group at this time
COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review
Everyone ages 5 years and older in the U.S. is now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine booster. Most children ages 5 to 11 years old should get their booster 5 months after they finish their initial vaccination series.