I hope you and your loved ones are safe during this time.
As you may have seen on the news, COVID-19 vaccine information and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance are updated as new information becomes available. I would like to share updates provided by the nation’s top health institutions, along with information to help you and your family get vaccinated and stay safe as we continue to navigate this pandemic. FDA Authorized and CDC Recommends COVID-19 Vaccines for Kids Ages 5 to 11 After extensive evaluation, the FDA authorized Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 years of age. On Tuesday, November 2, 2021 the CDC formally recommended the immunization. The federal government is providing the COVID-19 vaccine free of charge to all people living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status. More information for COVID-19 vaccines for children and teens can be found here. The FDA authorized and CDC Recommends certain populations receive booster shots:Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna
You are eligible for a booster if you are: 65 years or older Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings When to get a booster: At least 6 months after your second shot Which booster should you get? Any of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen
You are eligible for a booster if you are: 18 years or older When to get a booster: At least 2 months after your shot Which booster should you get? Any of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States The COVID-19 vaccine continues to be one of the most effective ways to protect yourself and your families, and this additional booster for our vulnerable communities will only further advance our efforts to move past this pandemic and return to the lives we miss.
To Find a COVID-19 Vaccine Search vaccines.gov Text your ZIP code to 438829, or Call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you A Reminder of CDC Guidance The CDC provides access to a multitude of resources that may outline guidance for you and your community. Whether you are a business owner, or an individual looking out for their family, you can find guidance for COVID-19 by visiting the CDC’s Coronavirus Guidance page and selecting the category that best suits you. Before considering vaccine information on the internet, check that the information comes from a credible source and is updated on a regular basis. Learn more about finding credible vaccine information.
With the rise of the Delta variant, the CDC provided various countermeasures to keep you and your family safe, such as practicing social distancing, wearing a facial covering, avoiding crowds, proper ventilation, and ensuring that you wash your hands thoroughly.
This pandemic has taken a toll on our communities, but we must continue to stay strong and follow this guidance for the sake of overcoming this time in our lives. I know that our families in Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District want to have a healthy and safe holiday season, so please use these measures to protect you and your families as we prepare to head into the next year. Together, we will be able to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.
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