COVID data tracker weekly review : interpretative summary for October 28, 2022
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COVID data tracker weekly review : interpretative summary for October 28, 2022

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      Improving COVID-19 Vaccine Equity
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      Improving COVID-19 Vaccine Equity

      In September 2022, CDC recommended updated (bivalent)* COVID-19 boosters. Everyone in the United States ages 5 years and older—including those who are moderately or severely immunocompromised—is recommended to receive one dose of the updated booster if it’s been at least two months since their last dose (either the final primary series dose or an original (monovalent)* booster). Nearly 23 million people ages 5 years and older in the United States have received an updated booster as of October 28, 2022.

      COVID Data Tracker has started a series of data releases that include information on updated booster dose administration and uptake in the United States. On October 28, new survey results were added to the Trends in COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence in the US tab. The results show that, among survey participants who have completed a primary series, 15.3% reported having received the updated booster, 32.2% definitely plan to get it, 33.0% probably will or are unsure, and 19.5% probably or definitely will not get it. Updated booster uptake among those that completed a primary series was highest among White, non-Hispanic survey participants (19.1%), and lower among American Indian and Alaska Native (non-Hispanic) (7.1%), Black (non-Hispanic) (7.4%), and Hispanic or Latino (10.5%) survey participants., and survey participants of multiple races (6.7%).

      A snapshot of updated booster dose administration data was also added to CDC’s website. These data show that updated booster intake is highest among adults ages 65 years and older (20%), and lowest among children ages 5 to 17 years (0-2%). Uptake is also highest among non-Hispanic Asian (8%), non-Hispanic multiracial (8%), and non-Hispanic White (8%) people, and lowest among non-Hispanic Black people (3%) and Hispanic or Latino (3%) people. COVID Data Tracker will continue to add updated booster dose administration data to all vaccination sites, including the addition of demographic trend data.

      COVID-19 treatments and vaccines, including the updated booster, provide defenses against the most severe outcomes of COVID-19. Yet challenges remain in ensuring all people have fair and just access to COVID-19 vaccination. CDC is paving the way in vaccine equity efforts with national, state, tribal, territorial, local, and community partners to ensure that people from racial and ethnic minority groups have fair and just access to COVID-19 vaccination. For more information, visit COVID-19 Vaccine Equity for Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups.

    • Content Notes:
      It’s time to pick out your costume and get ready to celebrate Halloween! Over the past two-plus years, we’ve learned new ways to enjoy pandemic holidays, and “outside is always safer” has been the mantra for these holiday gatherings. Luckily, that’s easy to do on Halloween, because trick-or-treating generally involves plenty of outdoor time. But that doesn’t mean it’s totally risk-free. Here are some more tips for staying COVID-safe this Halloween.

      • Stay home if you’re sick. Skip the Halloween party if you aren’t feeling well.

      • Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

      • Take precautions in crowded or indoor events as informed by your county’s COVID-19 Community Level, like wearing a high-quality mask (and Halloween masks don’t count). Consider making the mask part of the costume—like a doctor, nurse, ninja, or cowboy.

      • If you’re hosting celebrations, review options for improving ventilation in your home. This can help you reduce virus particles in your home and keep COVID-19 from spreading.

      • Keep your hands clean. If you’re out trick-or-treating, bring hand sanitizer. If you’re giving out candy, wash your hands frequently.

      And of course, the best way to protect yourself and others from severe illness from COVID-19 on Halloween (and every day) is to stay up to date on your COVID-19 vaccinations! Use this tool to find out when you can get a booster.

      Note to Readers: On October 12, 2022, CDC recommended updated (bivalent) COVID-19 boosters for children ages 5 years and older in the United States, making the updated boosters available to millions of children in this age group.

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