Beginning September 25, every U.S. household can again place an order to receive 4 more free COVID-19 rapid tests delivered directly to their home. Click here to order yours!
Before You Throw Out “Expired” Tests: Check FDA’s website to see if your COVID-19 tests’ expiration dates have been extended.
Stay Up To Date on Your Vaccinations
COVID vaccines will be given during regular walk-in immunization clinic hours ONLY.
- Tuesdays 9-11am
- Wednesdays and Thursdays 1-4pm
- 1st & 3rd Thursday 1-6pm
What is New? (updated 10-12-23)
- A new COVID vaccine has been authorized by the CDC to better target the variants currently circulating. We have the updated Moderna vaccine for all ages.
- An updated Novavax vaccine has also been approved but we do not have any in stock and do not know when we will receive it.
- Individuals 5 years of age and older are eligible to receive a single dose of an updated COVID-19 vaccine at least 2 months after the last dose of any COVID-19 vaccine.
- Unvaccinated individuals are also encouraged to receive the updated vaccine.
- Children 6 months through 4 years of age are eligible to receive up to three doses of the children’s formula, based on current vaccination status.
- There is no cost to you for the updated vaccine, we will bill your insurance provider. Bring your insurance card.
- Uninsured and underinsured individuals can receive the updated vaccine at no cost through the government’s Bridge Access Program.
- Click here to learn more about the updated vaccine.
General Vaccine Information:
Vaccinations for Youth
For the best protection, CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccines for everyone 6 months and older.
Click here to read FAQs from the American Academy of Pediatrics
- Children are as likely to be infected with COVID-19 as adults and can:
- Get very sick from COVID-19
- Have both short and long-term health complications from COVID-19
- Spread COVID-19 to others, including at home and school
- COVID-19 has become one of the top 10 causes of pediatric death, and tens of thousands of children and teens have been hospitalized with COVID-19.
- Children who get infected with COVID-19 can also develop serious complications like multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C)—a condition where different body parts become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs.
- Children get a smaller dose of COVID-19 vaccine than teens and adults that is the right amount for their age group.
- Learn more about why children should get vaccinated against COVID-19 here.
What To Do If You May Have Been Exposed To The Virus
- Wear a mask as soon as you find out you were exposed and continue for 10 full days. You can still develop COVID-19 up to 10 days after you have been exposed.
- If you do NOT have symptoms: wait to get tested at least 5 full days after your last exposure.
- If you DEVELOP symptoms: isolate immediately, get tested, and stay home until you know the result.
What To Do If You Test Positive for COVID-19
- Stay home for at least 5 days and isolate from others in your home.
- You are more likely to get very sick if you are an older adult or have an underlying medical condition. Contact your provider to see if treatment may be available.
- Tell people you had recent contact with that they may have been exposed.
- Separate from others in your home as much as possible (separate bathroom and bedroom).
- Wear a high-quality mask if you must be around others in your home.
- Take steps to improve ventilation at home, if possible.
- Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.
- If you have an emergency warning sign (like trouble breathing, persistent pain, or pressure in your chest), seek emergency medical care immediately. Tell them you tested positive for COVID-19.
If you have had no symptoms:
- You may end isolation after day 5. Continue wearing your mask through day 10.
- If symptoms develop within 10 days of your positive test your 5 days start over.
If you have symptoms:
- You may end isolation after day 5 if you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medications) and your symptoms are improving. Continue wearing your mask through day 10.
- If you still have a fever or your other symptoms have not improved, continue to isolate until they improve.
Click here for more steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick.
How to Protect Yourself & Others
COVID-19 spreads when an infected person breathes out droplets and very small particles that contain the virus. These droplets and particles can be breathed in by other people or land on their eyes, noses, or mouth. In some circumstances, they may contaminate surfaces they touch. People who are closer than 6 feet from the infected person are most likely to get infected.
- Stay up to date with your vaccines. COVID-19 vaccines help your body develop protection from the virus that causes COVID-19. Although vaccinated people sometimes get infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, staying up to date on COVID-19 vaccines significantly lowers the risk of getting very sick, being hospitalized, or dying from COVID-19.
- Improve ventilation and spend time outside when possible.
- Get tested. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should get tested for COVID-19 immediately. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 and do not have symptoms, you should test 5 full days after your exposure.
- Avoid contact with people who have COVID-19, whether or not they feel sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
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Find CDC data about COVID-19 hospitalizations, deaths, and vaccinations here
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