The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone 6 months and older get an updated COVID-19 vaccine to protect against the potentially serious outcomes of COVID-19 illness this fall and winter.
Vaccination remains the best protection against COVID-19-related hospitalization and death. Vaccination also reduces your chance of suffering the effects of Long COVID, which can develop during or following acute infection and last for an extended duration. If you have not received a COVID-19 vaccine in the past 2 months, get an updated COVID-19 vaccine to protect yourself this fall and winter.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is always changing, and protection from COVID-19 vaccines declines over time. Receiving an updated COVID-19 vaccine can restore protection and provide enhanced protection against the variants currently responsible for most infections and hospitalizations in the United States.
To see the latest transmission rates in your area, visit the COVID-19 County Check tool on the CDC website. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. Users are able to search county-by-county in their state to check the status.
For example, Roane County, Tennessee, is listed as low (as of September 13, 2023). The page provides public safety recommendations based on the current level as well as COVID-19 prevention resources.
This is the first fall and winter virus season where vaccines are available for the three viruses responsible for most hospitalizations – COVID-19, RSV, and flu. In addition to safe, updated COVID-19 vaccines, at-home tests for the virus can identify infection so you can protect your family, coworkers, and the general public. If you do get sick, talk to your doctor about proven, effective treatments that can reduce the risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death.
Based on the current transmission rate (low) in our area, the CDC recommends the following actions:
You may choose to wear a face mask at any time on campus, but masks are not required. If you have symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19, the CDC recommends that you wear a high-quality mask or respirator when indoors in public.
Please also remember to wash your hands frequently to prevent the spread of illnesses. If you experience any symptoms, even if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19, you should not come to campus. If you are immunocompromised, learn more about how to protect yourself.
Questions or concerns from any member of the campus community can be submitted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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