District No. 10 Health Department proposes new guidelines on COVID-19 booster shots

MANISTEE COUNTY – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and District Health Department #10 announced that the COVID-19 vaccine booster is now authorized for anyone age 5 or older.

“Expanding eligibility for COVID-19 boosters will allow those who really need it to get a booster dose,” DHD#10 Medical Director Dr. Jennifer Morse said in a press release. of DHD #10. “Talk to your healthcare provider or local health department to determine what type of booster dose is right for you.”

The new guidelines on COVID-19 vaccine recalls are as follows:

• A single booster dose of mRNA should be given to people 5 years of age and older at least five months after their second injection (Pfizer for ages 5 and older, Moderna for ages 18 and older).

• A second mRNA booster dose should be given to people 50 years and older, or people 12 years and older who are moderately to severely immunocompromised, at least four months after their first booster dose (Pfizer for 12 and over, Moderna for ages 18 and over).

• For those who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, they are encouraged to speak to their local health department or healthcare provider to see what booster dose is right for them.

Information on moderate and severe immunocompromised conditions can be found on the CDC websitestates the press release.

The CDC has a new tool to help people find which booster is right for them and when. To learn more, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html.

DHD#10 also wants to highlight the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ “Make a COVID-19 Plan” information on planning for vaccinations and boosters, maintaining a supply of tests and masks, and learning eligibility for COVID-19 therapeutics. Learn more at MDHHS website.

The CDC regularly updates its COVID-19 County Check tool.

This tool allows individuals to enter their state and county to determine if their COVID-19 community level is kow (green), medium (yellow), or high (red).

Prevention tips are provided based on each level for individuals to consider following. MDHHS also maintains a data dashboard containing state- and county-level data on COVID-19 cases, trends, demographics, and testing, as well as vaccine and drug data. other relevant information by topic.

KN95 masks are currently available in all 10 DHD#10 offices. Masks are distributed three per person on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. To find the nearest DHD#10 office, visit dhd10.org/clinic-locations.

For those wishing to schedule their COVID-19 vaccine, booster dose and/or flu vaccine, visit dhd10.org/schedule or call 888-217-3904.

For those interested in organizing a vaccination or COVID-19 screening clinic on their site, complete this registration form: https://bit.ly/3j52rSj.

For those in need of a COVID-19 test, DHD#10 is hosting testing clinics at various locations within their jurisdiction. Find a local test site at dhd10.org/covid19-testing-clinics.

A person does not need to be a resident to get tested at one of these clinics.

COVID-19 testing also takes place at most pharmacies, emergency care, and a person’s primary health care provider’s office.

People can also find tests in nearby counties on the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) site at michigan.gov/coronavirus/resources/k-12-school-opening-guidance/resources/2-row-resources/community-based-pop-up-rapid-antigen-testing-events

DHD#10 does not provide home COVID-19 testing; however, test kits are available at most pharmacies. Be sure to call the local pharmacy ahead of time, as demand is high. People can also get home tests through the US Department of Health and Human Services and the US Postal Service by visiting covidtests.gov.

If a person has a positive COVID-19 home test kit, they should be reported to https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6715540/Home-Test-Report.

Employers are key to health services understanding of outbreaks. If someone is an employer and wants to report a positive test result from their organization, do so at: [email protected].

For more information on COVID-19, visit dhd10.org/coronavirus.

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