October 17, 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.
CDC Expands Updated COVID-19 Vaccines to Include Children Ages 5 Through 11
CDC has approved the expanded use of the updated (bivalent) COVID-19 vaccines to children ages 5 through 11 years. This follows the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorization of updated COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech for children ages 5 through 11 years, and from Moderna for children and adolescents ages 6 through 17 years.
Updated COVID-19 vaccines help to restore protection that has waned since previous vaccination and help to fight off a wider range of variants.
These are critical next steps forward in our country’s vaccination program—a program that has helped provide increased protection against severe COVID-19 disease and death.
Stay Up to Date with COVID-19 Vaccines Including Boosters
Updated (bivalent) boosters are available. CDC recommends everyone stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines for their age group:
Getting a COVID-19 vaccine after you recover from COVID-19 infection provides added protection against COVID-19.
If you recently had COVID-19, you may consider delaying your next vaccine dose (primary dose or booster) by 3 months from when your symptoms started or, if you had no symptoms, when you first received a positive test.
People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised have different recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines.
COVID-19 Testing: What You Need to Know
When you get tested for COVID-19:
Learn where testing locations are located in your community: Community-Based Testing Sites for COVID-19 | HHS.gov
If you test positive, Contact your healthcare provider, health department, or Community Health Center to learn about treatment options. If you don’t have timely access to a healthcare provider, check if a Test to Treat location is in your community.
COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review
“Outside is safer” is always a good rule for pandemic holidays, and that’s easy to do while trick-or-treating on Halloween.
See this week’s COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review for strategies to take care of yourself and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
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.