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2020 November Volume 55 Number 11

2020 22 Dec
Important update on COVID-19 vaccines
You’ve likely heard the good news that COVID-19 vaccines manufactured by Pfizer and Moderna have been approved by the FDA. There will initially be a limited supply of the vaccine.  Initial doses of the vaccine will be made available to priority groups, such as: Health care personnel, Residents of long-term care facilities, like nursing homes. Pharmaceutical manufacturers are now working to distribute the vaccine to federally – and state-approved locations to start the vaccination of priority groups. State governments will handle the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.  Look for updates from your state or governor as more doses of the vaccine become available for additional priority groups. While you’re waiting for a COVID-19 vaccine, continue to follow CDC’s tips on protecting yourself and others — including social distancing, frequent hand-washing, wearing a mask, and limiting gatherings. Remember:  Medicare covers the COVID-19 vaccine, so there will be no cost to you when it becomes available.
This message is paid for by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It was created and distributed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus 2019-nCov)

These are the basics you need to know

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  •  If you are sick, please stay home.
  • Wear a mask where requested.

Considerations for Wearing Masks

– Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19