November 22, 2021 COVID-19 Update
Where to Get Vaccinated
A new vaccine finder website has been developed (https://www.vaccines.gov/) to locate nearby COVID and flu shot vaccine providers by zip code. Anyone can find available vaccines near them. Whether you are looking for flu shots or COVID vaccine for ages 5-11, or 12 and up, Pfizer, Moderna, or J & J, the site will provide sign-up links for appointments. Many from Redding have received their vaccinations at these locations and vaccines.gov makes it easy.
Redding COVID Vaccinations
A COVID Vax Van clinic is scheduled for Sunday December 5th from 1-4pm at the Redding Community Center for ages 12+. All 3 brands of vaccine will be available for first and second doses, and boosters. No appointment needed.
COVID Booster Shots
The CDC has approved the FDA recommendation to expand the eligibility of booster shots to include all adults ages 18 years and older for individuals who have received the initial 2-shot series of Pfizer or Moderna. The booster for Pfizer and Moderna must be at least 6 months or more after the initial shot series. For J & J the booster is approved for adults ages 18 and up 2 months after the shot.
Wear a Mask
It is strongly advised that all Redding residents continue to wear a mask when indoors in public areas, and when distancing cannot be maintained. State mandates require masks be worn in schools, daycare centers and healthcare facilities. All unvaccinated individuals are required to wear a mask in indoor public spaces. Masks must be worn to fit snug over both the nose and mouth. Bandanas and gators are not considered acceptable masks.
If You Are Sick…Stay Home
As we head inside for the cold weather this is a good time to remember that both COVID-19 and seasonal flu have symptoms that are similar, and both can spread to others and cause serious illness. COVID and flu share the following symptoms: cough, muscle aches, tiredness, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, fever, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Anyone who has any of these symptoms should stay home and contact their physician. Staying home helps prevent the spread. When home with symptoms you should stay home at least until all of the following three criteria are met:
- You have been fever free for at least 72 hours without fever reducing medications; AND
- Your symptoms are improving; AND
- It has been at least 7 days since your symptoms started.
Prevent the Spread
We must not forget the “prevent the spread” basics because they’re effective and when adhered to you can many times get through the winter illness free. Measures to help prevent the spread of COVID and flu includes:
- Washing your hands often. Wash your hands especially after being in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Staying home when you are sick
- Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it into the trash
Dr. Lawrence Leibowitz
Director of Health
Doug Hartline, RS