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