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Get a COVID-19 vaccine
Get a vaccine to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community. Get a vaccine booster shot as soon as it is recommended for you to increase your protection. If you have questions, talk to your healthcare providers for advice. For more information, see the Centers for Disease Control.
After being vaccinated, continue to protect yourself.
If you have a weakened immune system, you may NOT be fully protected even if you are fully vaccinated. Talk to your healthcare provider about how to protect yourself.
Continue to wear a mask in public, stay 6 feet apart from others, avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
Self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you've been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, get tested and stay home and away from others.
In addition to following the steps above, we recommend that you take these sensible precautions.
Create a personal support network of trusted individuals who can help set up your phone, computer or tablet and check in with you by phone or video calls, text or email to ensure your wellness. They can also help you with errands, groceries, online shopping and setting up telemedicine (i.e., medical appointments over the phone or by video). Share your important health and medical information with them and be sure they know how they can help you.
Limit visits with family members, especially young children. While you may need family members to help run errands, keep about 6 feet away from them. Have visitors leave food or grocery items at the door rather than entering the home. Avoid inviting young children into your home.
Have a 1-month supply of medications and a 2-week supply of food on hand.
Along with prescription medications, have a 1-month supply of over-the-counter medications like cough suppressants and fever reducing drugs. Ask your physician or local pharmacy if prescriptions can be delivered. Be sure to have a thermometer on hand in case you need to check for a fever.
A 2-week supply of food also includes water, household cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, and medical supplies or equipment. Contact your local grocery stores to see if they offer online ordering and home delivery. Find out if there are local nonprofit services to assist with food or meal delivery.
Have a plan for if you get sick. Make a list of medications and medical contacts, and know where to find health care documents like advance directives (a living will). Determine who will care for you at home should you become ill, and tell them what sort of care you would want if you became too ill and unable to speak for yourself.
Consider using telemedicine services, which enables you to communicate with your doctor over video, phone or email, rather than face-to-face.
Beware of scams. Unfortunately, scammers are taking advantage of people’s fears and the Federal Trade Commission has tips to help protect you and others. There currently are no vaccines, pills, lotions or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure COVID-19 online or in stores. Beware of “viral videos” suggesting potentially dangerous or toxic home preventatives, such as drinking excessive amounts of water or mouthwash.