September 12, 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.
Stay Up to Date with COVID-19 Vaccines Including Boosters
The updated COVID-19 booster provides protection against the original strain of the virus that causes COVID-19, as well as the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants. These newer subvariants are more contagious and able to evade protection that your body might have against earlier subvariants.
CDC recommends that everyone ages 12 years and older in the United States receive an updated COVID-19 booster. Like the original boosters, the updated doses help restore protection that might have gone down since your last dose.
Everyone who is eligible―including those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised―is recommended to receive one dose of the updated bivalent booster at least two months after their last dose (either the final dose of the primary series or the last booster shot).
Early data show COVID-19 vaccines for children are safe
COVID-19 vaccines are safe for children ages 6 months to 5 years. Among more than 1 million young children vaccinated to protect against COVID-19, reports of serious adverse events were very rare.
Most side effects were considered mild or moderate, like pain in the arm where the shot was given, irritability, crying, sleepiness, and loss of appetite.
COVID-19 vaccines are the best way to protect your children against COVID-19.
Travel assessment tool
Before you travel, make sure to plan ahead.
Use the Travel Assessment Tool to help you know the requirements to board a flight to the United States.
You must be fully vaccinated with the primary series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine to travel to the United States by plane.
Only limited exceptions apply. For more information, see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.
CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time.
COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review
Everyone ages 12 years and older in the United States can now get an updated COVID-19 booster, which gives extra protection against Omicron BA.4 and BA.5.
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.